Within this constellation of symptoms, four main
types of PMS have been identified. While some women fall into one
group, it’s not unusual to be a member of two, three, or even all
|PMS-A: Anxiety-type symptoms such as
irritability, nervous tension, and mood swings.
|PMS-C: Cravings for salty or sugar-laden
foods, fatigue, and headache.
|PMS-D: Depression, or the sudden onset
of sadness and crying spells as well as memory loss and confusion.
|PMS-H: Hydration, which, if not satisfied,
can lead to bloating and water retention, weight gain, breast
tenderness and swelling of hands, feet, and ankles.
The most severe form of PMS is called premenstrual
dysphoric disorder (PMDD) which affects about 3 to 8 percent of
all women. This is marked by severe depression, irritability, and
tension before menstruation. In rare cases, delusions and hallucinations
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