‘I’d probably describe it as PMT’s really evil sibling because it does absolutely mess with you.

‘You think “everyone goes through this every month?” This cannot be possible.

‘You find out what it is and you think “no human being should be going through this, this is horrific”.’

Journalist Sofia Petkar talked about what it’s like to have Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) on Metro.co.uk’s mental health podcast, Mentally Yours.

‘Other than regular PMT symptoms, which are obviously mood swings and everything, it’s just everything in excess.

‘So, you know you get the hot flushes, which I guess are associated with PMT, but they’re exaggerated to the point where you just cannot cool down.

‘You’ve got your mood swings but they’re not just “I’m a little bit annoyed today”, it’s a mood swing of absolute rage.

PMT's really evil sibling - we talk PMDD on Mentally Yours
(Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler/metro.co.uk)

‘And you’re not just a little bit down you’re in despair. You’re not just a little bit anxious, it’s deep set anxiety.

‘Some people might mistake it for depression, which I did for many, many years.’

Sophia explained how long it took to get properly diagnosed and how, at her lowest, she considered suicide.

She said: ‘It feels like you’ve got a fire burning in your head – you can’t focus, it’s just this constant pain, and when I describe to someone this agony it’s probably an understatement.’

Sophia also chatted about how keeping a diary to track her moods helped, how important a healthy lifestyle is and, crucially, how going on birth control to balance her hormones ‘changed her life.’

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