Similar to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), the causes of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) are unclear. Doctors have noticed a connection between hormonal changes, especially in estrogen and progesterone levels, during the menstrual cycle that may cause symptoms. This change in hormone levels may decrease the serotonin in the brain.
While doctors do not understand what causes premenstrual dysphoric disorder, they do know risk factors that increase the likelihood that a patient will develop the condition. If a woman has a history or family history of mood disorders, depression or postpartum depression, they may be at a higher risk for PMDD.
If you have these risk factors or suffer from the symptoms of PMDD, schedule a screening appointment at Florida Hospital today.