Many women experience symptoms of depression and anxiety during period. It becomes too hard for them to cope with depression and anxiety that time. They often form a part of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Due to PMS, they may feel depression during period along with other symptoms such as food cravings, cramps, stress, fatigue, tender breasts etc. Many women experience severe depression during period and before it due to premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Symptoms of Severe Depression during Period

Apart from the above mentioned symptoms and depression while on period you may also have:

  • Absentmindedness
  • Forgetfulness
  • increased anger
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Decreased libido
  • Tiredness/fatigue
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Eating too little or too much
  • Mood swings
  • Social withdrawal
  • Sudden tearfulness or sadness
  • Hopelessness with thoughts of suicide
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Feeling out of control or overwhelmed

Why does depression worsen during period?

Apart from PMS, many women suffer from PMDD during their periods. PMDD and PMS both are same, but PMDD symptoms are more severe than PMS. Many women who suffer from PMDD report extreme depression during period and some of them may think about suicide also. According to reports, around 80 percent women experience PMS and around 3 to 5 percent experience PMDD during their periods.

If you already have depression, then your symptoms may get worse before and during the period. Depression may cause missed or irregular periods in women, so it is dangerous mental illness. Due to depression, your periods can stop also, so getting the psychiatrist advice is always important. Psychiatrist in Bhopal, Dr. Satyakant Trivedi states that depression curable and it has to be treated before things get worse.

PMS refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms that most often occur about 5 to 11 days before periods of women. In most cases, the symptoms stop when, or shortly after, her period begins.



  • The causes of PMS and PMDD have not been found.
  • Hormone changes that occur during a woman’s menstrual cycle may play a role.
  • PMDD affects a small number of women during the years when they are having menstrual periods.

Many women with this condition have:

  • Anxiety
  • Severe depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Other factors that may play a role include:

  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Being overweight
  • Having a mother with a history of the disorder
  • Lack of exercise

Dr. Satyakant Trivedi, a well-known psychiatrist in Bhopal has more than 12 years of experience and he has many patients from all Over the Madhya Pradesh. He treats mental health problems in men, women, adults, kids and older people.

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