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Depression worse on period?

Postby florence23 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:24 pm

I've been wondering whether this is normal or not. I have depression and it gets so much worse when I come on my period. It doesn't matter how well I've been managing my depression leading up to it, as soon as am about to come on I go back to feeling really depressed. The feelings usually only last 2 or 3 days but getting through it feels impossible. I start thinking about things that I wouldn't usually think about anymore - bad things that have happened but that I thought I had got over, but they all come back to me and I can't get the thoughts out of my head. I try to tell myself it's not real, it's just because of the period, but it feels so real and because my thoughts are about real things that have made me sad in the past it's like I revert back to how I was when I wasn't managing my depression as well. Then I start to think about am I not over these things? I don't usually enter my mind on an average, but then they just come back for those 2/3 days a month. I'm getting sick of it. Is this just a normal part of having periods as someone with depression? Or is this something more? And is there anything I can do about it?

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Re: Depression worse on period?

Postby rsxo » Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:28 pm

Hi florence23,

I think it's possible that this happens. From memory, oestrogen levels change during your period, and that can impact your serotonin level, which affects your mood. So I think that it'd make sense if your mood changed during your period. Not sure what you can do about it though, sorry x

Much love <3
RSxo <3

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Re: Depression worse on period?

Postby bottomfeeder » Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:39 am

Being sad or moody is pretty common when on your period, but if it is hampering your daily activities a lot, you might be having premenstrual dysphoric disorder. I was diagnosed with this and have been on SSRIs and it has helped me.

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