Monthly Archives: August 2010

Depression & Stress

This ongoing study of stress responses reveals phenotypic differences in women with PMDD and those with a history of Major Depressive Disorder. In contrast to the blunted stress responses seen in women with PMDD, those with MDD histories exhibit hyperactivity … Continue reading

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PMDD & Stress Response

In an ongoing study of stress responses, women with PMDD exhibited blunted Sympathetic Nervous System responses to stress when compared with non-PMDD women. This blunted SNS activation could be seen in Blood Pressure, Heart Rate and Plasma Norepinephrine. Researchers hypothesize … Continue reading

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Oral Contraceptives and PMDD

Researchers with the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders are in the middle of a five-year clinical trial using the low-dose contraceptive called YAZ to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Like other birth control pills, Yaz uses the female hormones estrogen … Continue reading

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The Biology Behind PMDD

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What is PMDD?

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder is a more severe form of PMS, affecting 5-10% of women in their reproductive years. In contrast to PMS, PMDD is characterized by more significant premenstrual mood disturbance that can seriously impact relationships and impair functioning. Many … Continue reading

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