Doctors thought it was everything from depression to OCD and PTSD… but they were wrong.
PMS: most of us ladies have suffered from it from time to time. Some months are better (or worse) than others, but when it hits, it’s familiar. Premenstrual syndrome can make you irritable, provide you with a full supply of unneeded cramping and discomfort, and even trigger vomiting and migraines.
When it becomes so severe you that you literally go out of your mind, it develops another name: premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
According to a story posted by BBC.com, this is what Lucie from Devon in Southwestern England suffered from for years, without even knowing it.
Lucie was said to have been a calm, well-adjusted and happy child. When puberty hit however, this all changed.
When she was on her period and bleeding, she felt OK. But all the other weeks of the month were torment. She was severely depressed, told her doctor she was possessed, was diagnosed with PTSD and obsessive compulsive disorder, and eventually at the age of 14 was sent to live in an adolescent mental health unit.
For years, she lived with her terrible ups and downs. Never knowing why she was feeling what she was, it was difficult to seek further help. A glimmer of hope came when she was pregnant with her children at 16 and 23, but her symptoms reappeared both times, after the children were born.
Visiting her regular doctor didn’t help.
“Every time I went, they would up something or add something. I was on a very hefty dose of anti-depressants. And I would say to them, ‘I’m not depressed… this isn’t depression, something else is happening.’ I felt like I was losing my mind completely,” she told the BBC.
Sometimes it got so bad, she didn’t recognize her own reflection in a mirror, nor her own voice.
Finally, in her twenties through much persistence, she was diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). She was placed on injections to control it, but when those began to fail, she had another idea: a hysterectomy. And so Lucie had one, at age 28.
What are things like now? Much better. She can take care of her children, her husband has more time to work and she says she feels the best she’s ever been.
For more on Lucie’s story, click here. It’s surprising, and something other women may be suffering from, without realizing it.
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