Completely agree with Dr Moore, your symptoms sound very much like PMDD. Women with PMDD have often had some sort of premenstrual symptoms since they were teenagers, but for some women it seems to start later on. It classically worsens as women enter their 40s and get closer to menopause.
If you have had depression in the past, it is also possible that you are having premenstrual exacerbations of underlying depression. That is, that your hormones are triggering off depression in the same way that a lot of women with migraine find that their hormones trigger a migraine before their period.
It can also be the case that women have depression (or another mental health condition) AND PMDD.
Either way, their are some very effective treatments to help manage symptoms. SSRIs probably have the most benefit, and work much more quickly in PMDD than in depression (it maybe that SSRIs prevent the conversion of progesterone to allopregnanolone in the brain, with allopregnanolone thought to be the hormone responsible for many of the symptoms). The pill helps some women, but many women with PMDD find the pill makes them worse. Hormone therapy can also be helpful. When these approaches don't work, medical menopause is sometimes needed.
Accessing treatment can be a challenge as PMDD is still an underappreciated phenomenon. There are some good patient support groups on line where you can find information about health professionals in your area who treat PMDD.
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