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Why do I feel so depressed before my period?

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Last Updated: 04/03/2017 at 12:23pm
Why do I feel so depressed before my period?
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August 21st, 2015 10:29pm
Before your period your body goes trough tons of hormonal/chemical changes. So it can decrease the serotonin and heighten depression or anxiety.
August 22nd, 2015 8:19pm
Maybe because of the mood swings. Like some people get really angry or upset before it. Some people get depressed. So it might just me mood swings. It's normal, but if you see it as a problem, then I would suggest seeing a doctor about it.
August 22nd, 2015 8:58pm
What your feeling is a Normal range of emotions before your period - hormones play a huge part in how you feel. Personally, I used to get major headaches and feel unhappy, but now I decide to hike. The increase in my serotonin level balances me out and the hike distracts me from my headache. What can you try or have tried that helps before you get depressed?
August 27th, 2015 1:07pm
It's normal.. It happens to me all the time.. You'll just get over it one day.. Don't stress out....
August 27th, 2015 1:10pm
Before your period, your hormones can get unbalanced and make you feel sad. This is called premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and "can include mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, and depression" among other things.
August 29th, 2015 5:31pm
Pre-menopausal dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, is a real medical condition that is marked by extreme behavior changes before your period. It is very easy to treat, most commonly with birth control pills. Talk to your doctor, they should be able to help you out.
August 29th, 2015 5:31pm
It could be hormonal. The rush of hormones as your body divests itself of the preparations that it had made for pregnancy.
September 2nd, 2015 3:07am
There are alot of "hormonal" changes that go along with the female "cycle". If you are having ongoing issues of feeling depressed during this timeframe, you might want to consider speaking with your healthcare provider to discuss options to help.
September 2nd, 2015 10:19pm
because the hormones passing through your brain can make you feel sad. it is very normal for young women to feel like this.
September 4th, 2015 8:52pm
This is possible because your hormones are very much all over the place, and you have not got control over them
September 5th, 2015 1:26pm
The hormones change before a period. These changes affect mood, weight and many more. This is known as PMS or PMT
September 6th, 2015 10:33am
There are multiple hormones present before the start of your period. These hormones can often cause unwanted mood changes.
September 8th, 2015 3:27am
Hormonal changes can wreck havoc with your emotions. I distinctly remember how angry and negative I used to become. Not only could I not get along with anyone else, I couldn't get along with myself!
September 10th, 2015 6:02am
This can be a result of Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which is a condition in which a woman has severe depression symptoms, irritability, and tension before menstruation. If you think you have this, it's worth looking into it deeper and see what you could do to eliminate it! This site has some good information: :)
September 10th, 2015 1:52pm
It is called "Premenstrual syndrome", you can read about it on Wikipedia or any medical website. Sometimes it may cause depressive mood
September 12th, 2015 11:04am
Mostly hormones, or the anticipation of pain and discomfort. It's a normal thing, and I regularly experience it myself. Chat to someone and cuddle with a blanket and a buddy to make yourself feel better!
September 13th, 2015 3:26am
Hormonal imbalances. Your hormones have to increase for you to be able to carry a baby and can make you emotional.
September 13th, 2015 10:01pm
That is a perfectly natural feeling experienced by millions of ladies around the world. Commonly referred to as PMS, it has been associated with the overwhelminghormonal and physical changes that take place in a woman's body during that time of the months. There are many ways to adapt to this sensation and better deal with it, including certainfoods,habbits, and exercises. Hope it gets easier for you :)
September 16th, 2015 3:00pm
U'r depressed about ur period. Let me tell u that it happens with everyone and u must not feel awkward about it
September 17th, 2015 6:05pm
Sometimes, especially right before your period, the hormones in your mind are a bit unbalanced. This can lead to some mild depression and anxiety. However, not all hope it lost! The fact that you can recognize when this occurs and how you are affected by it shows that you have already taken the first step to managing it!
September 17th, 2015 9:00pm
Ask a doctor about biological details. Even though I love studying this stuff, I am afraid that I cannot answer this question.
September 18th, 2015 10:31pm
The fluctuation of hormones that we experience before our menstrual cycles has the ability to affect our brain chemistry, and cause a slightly depressed mood. It may also be a side effect of your PMS. It depends on you as a person. But it never hurts to ask your doctor!
September 19th, 2015 3:35pm
You feel depressed before your period because your hormones are changing and that stressed your body.
September 23rd, 2015 10:51am
it's just the hormone that make you feel depressed , don't worry it is normal to feel so before your period
September 24th, 2015 4:21am
I think us girls tend to feel so depressed before our periods is because the hormones in our bodies tend to go a little nuts, which affects our minds and our thoughts. So, the sad feelings are being created by the outburst of hormones. It is completely real, one just has to learn to understand that it is caused by hormones and will pass. Always remember that it will pass. :-)
September 25th, 2015 12:07am
periods can come with a lot of symptoms varing from nausea, stomache cramps, headache, dizziness and mood swings
September 25th, 2015 8:43pm
Your period can cause any number of emotional symptoms and depression is one of the more common ones, Chocolate helps
September 26th, 2015 10:35am
hormones! they would be rushing around your body! also anxiety. i get extremely anxious because the pain can become unbearable :/
September 26th, 2015 10:54pm
Because your body is raging with hormones. hormones can make you feel things like depression. its perfectly normal.
September 27th, 2015 8:45pm
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a condition in which a woman has severe depression symptoms, irritability, and tension before menstruation.