April is PMDD Awareness Month! Every April organizations around the world work to raise awareness and advocate change for those affected by Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Gia Allemand Foundation is working with Me v PMDD and Vicious Cycle to address the psychological and physical symptoms of this debilitating condition.
PMDD stands for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. PMDD is a hormone based mood disorder that causes severe feelings of anxiety, rage, hopelessness, and in severe cases suicidal ideation and behaviors. Symptoms are only present between ovulation and menstruation (aka luteal phase) and only affects those with functioning ovaries. An estimated 1 in 20 women and AFAB individuals live with PMDD.
PME stands for Premenstrual Exacerbation of an underlying disorder. As there is a high rate of dual-diagnosis, many with PMDD also suffer from a variety of other brain disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Bipolar Disorder (BPD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). It can be difficult at times to determine if a woman is suffering from PMDD or PME as both disorders will show severe symptoms between ovulation and menstruation (aka luteal phase). With PME, however, symptoms will be present throughout the month while getting worse during the luteal phase. The only way to know the difference is to track your cycle and symptoms! By sharing your tracking information with a knowledgeable healthcare provider, you'll be on your way to understanding the link and developing a plan for treatment.
Studies show about 1 in 20 women and AFAB individuals live with PMDD and that is a big number! Consider this: there are about 62,549,428 women of reproductive age living in the United States. That is over 3 million living with PMDD in the U.S. alone! Worldwide, there are millions more searching for a diagnosis, treatment, support, and a cure.
Are you or your loved one the 1 in 20?
We have created a list of 20 tools and resources to help individuals and communities raise awareness of PMDD and PME. Make the pledge today to take action at least once in April!
Your #1in20PMDD kit includes:
- Media elements including a press release, outreach ideas, and key messaging
- Social media materials for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more
- A prewritten letter for healthcare providers
- Fact sheets and brochures
- and much more
To get all this and more, just complete the brief form below to help us learn more about who is using these materials. We will follow up with you in May to complete a brief survey on how you used the toolkit and evaluate the collective impact our community has made!