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Many women suffer from stress and anxiety related to PMS, some have worse symptoms than others do. The most common symptom of PMS is, in fact, anxiety, which is a real problem for many women. At one time doctors thought that the anxiety was not at all related to PMS but this is no longer true. Doctors have come to realize that this is a real symptom of classic premenstrual syndrome.
There are also other reasons that can cause unneeded stress and anxiety but for many women the main cause is PMS. Some other reasons that could be the cause of your anxiety and stress could be work, family problems, mental health issues and lack of exercise. These can also increase your anxiety that has already been caused by the hormonal changes due to PMS.
The main reason you are experiencing anxiety with your other PMS symptoms is because of estrogen. However, if you find that the anxiety and stress is unbearable you could be suffering from PMDD, which is a severe and serious case of PMS. It basically takes all of the symptoms of classic PMS and multiplies them making your anxiety and other symptoms seem ten times worse.
PMDD occurs in one out of every ten woman of childbearing age in the United States. Those women who do have PMDD often have feelings and symptoms that are similar to the mental problem known as manic depression. Women with PMDD often say the feel overwhelmed happy one minute and sad the next and have a tendency to be overly sensitive to things that ordinarily would not bother them.
Many women are naturally sensitive all of the time but when it comes down to being "that time of the month" they can be almost unbearable to be around and most of all, live with. Stress and anxiety seem to be just a couple of the many problems that women have to deal with once a month. However, there are ways to get control of your anxiety and by gaining control of your stress you can have control over your life again.
Many doctors will suggest that you take B Vitamins, exercise regularly, meditate and have a balanced diet to help control your anxiety. Many women who have tried natural progesterone creams will attest that they are wonderful for helping with anxiety related to PMS. Taking a Kava Kava supplement is another good way to help treat your PMS related anxiety.
Always be sure to talk to your doctor and make sure that your stress and anxiety is related to your PMS before treating the problem yourself. Your doctor may be able to give you more treatment options than the ones listed above. Together, you and your doctor can decide on a treatment that is right for your symptoms and your body.