How do you diagnose premenstrual dysphoric disorder?
PMDD is diagnosed when symptoms occur during the second half of the menstrual cycle (14 days or more after the first day of a woman’s period), are absent for about seven days after the period ends, increase in severity as the cycle progresses, go away when the menstrual flow begins or shortly thereafter, and occur for at least three consecutive menstrual cycles. There are no tests to diagnose it. The diagnosis of PMDD emphasizes and requires psychologically important mood symptoms. Source: The Gale Group.