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  1. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD, is a type of depression that affects women during the second half of their menstrual cycles. Symptoms include depression, anxiety, and mood swings. Unlike premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which affects up to 85 percent of women and has milder symptoms, PMDD affects about 5 percent of women and is much more severe. “PMDD can be severe enough to affect a woman’s relationships and her ability to function normally when symptoms are active,” says Angelos Halaris, MD, a professor of psychiatry and medical director of adult psychiatry at the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.

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