bpd & pmdd

what’s the deal? Is there, could there be a link between the two?..

I got my period quite early.. I must have been about 11 or so… When I was about 14 or so I started getting symptoms: horrible cramps, nosea, headaches, shifting mood… She never believed any of it. She kept saying that she’s never had any such problems so I could not be having them either…it went on like this for 5 years, me cramping, puking, suffering each month…on my 19th bday she was with me one night when I couldn’t sleep because of the pain, I kept throwing up and tossed and turned… After complaining that she couldn’t sleep she said ok, maybe, just maybe there’s something wrong with me, maybe just maybe I wasn’t making up the symptoms…

A cognitive model is described that considers a broad range of factors that contribute to those premenstrual affective changes associated with Late Luteal Phase Dysphoric Disorder (LLPDD) now called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). It is proposed that the cognitive appraisal of premenstrual changes in the context of a woman’s current circumstances and personal assumptions determines whether she perceives them as distressing or as a normal and manageable part of her life. Vicious circles of negative thinking magnify the symptoms and increase anxiety, irritability, and low mood…. 

Cognitive model of PMDD   

So.. It’s possible that given her invalidating style I learned tomaladaptively appraise  my symptoms, making them worse…

Oh well…one more item on the list of things that I wasn’t supposed to feel… 

I’m quite confident that if I learn how to handle BPD, my PMDD symptoms won’t be so bad…


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