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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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September 30th, 2015 8:55am
This can be PMS, and it is when you have mood swings before your period If this is relly severe, you could have PMDS which is a disorder and you can be given hormoone control pills to help try talking to your doctor about it
October 22nd, 2015 2:56pm
Most girls and women experience mood swings. It is completely normal. Some get grumpy, while others could have a sad feeling.
October 22nd, 2015 8:06pm
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a condition in which a woman has severe depression symptoms, irritability, and tension before menstruation. The symptoms of PMDD are more severe than those seen with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). PMS refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms that typically occur about 5 to 11 days before a woman starts her monthly menstrual cycle. The symptoms usually stop when, or shortly after, her period begins.
October 24th, 2015 4:20pm
From experience, it's an emotional unbalance. I've been able to recognize the signs and deal with them so I can get through it
October 24th, 2015 11:19pm
The hormones in your body are all over the place. It's natural and happens to most women. During that time, try not to make any decisions that you'll regret later on
October 25th, 2015 3:15am
Probably from the hormones, like how some of us are apparently very hostile or very dramatic and mean.
October 25th, 2015 5:26am
because of the hormonal changes your going through sometimes you just feel like curling up and hiding but lots of people feel this way some people even get angry before there period
October 25th, 2015 8:10am
I'm not sure why you feel depressed after your period. Maybe something that happened before on your period could have triggered this reoccurring state of depression. Consulting a doctor or professional therapist would be better.
October 25th, 2015 8:40pm
Period depression is most likely a cause of imbalanced hormones. This happens to me often because all of the body is changing, and sometimes things will be imbalanced. It is not your fault, but a hormone imbalance.
October 28th, 2015 4:17am
Periods can cause chemical imbalances, which can cause mood swings! That could be the reason why you feel upset before and/or during your period.
October 28th, 2015 3:44pm
It's all hormones girl! Every girl has different reactions to the burst of chemicals into our brains so this is just what happens to you. I have a friend who has something called Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) which might be an explanation if your depression is severe. It might sound scary but I promise you it's nothing but a fancy-schmancy name for feeling very depressed before your period.
October 28th, 2015 8:55pm
I think this is something a lot of woman experience! My guess would be that it has something to do with fluctuating hormones!
October 29th, 2015 4:38am
Its a girl thing, i'm sure every girl for the most part feels depressed before their period starts.
October 29th, 2015 4:08pm
The hormones involved when you're having your period or just before can trigger a whirlwind of emotions and one of those can cause the feeling of intense sadness. It is entirely normal but if you feel the sadness no longer lifts after your period, you may be falling into depression that's not caused by hormonal activity, in which you should see a doctor about.
October 29th, 2015 8:08pm
That's because of your Pre menstrual syndrome. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the one to two weeks before a woman's period. Symptoms often vary between women and resolve around the start of bleeding. Common symptoms include acne, tender breasts, bloating, feeling tired, irritability, and mood changes. Often symptoms are present for around six days. A woman's pattern of symptoms may change over time.[
October 29th, 2015 8:09pm
It's normal to have the blues or feel sick before and during a period. As hormone levels rise and fall during a girl's menstrual cycle, it can affect the way she feels, both physically and emotionally. This is known as premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, and it can make a girl feel like hiding in bed with the covers over her head.
October 30th, 2015 2:29pm
it's a very common condition for most female before their period. it's a hormonal change. talk with someone about your feeling.
November 1st, 2015 7:29pm
i reach my period very irregularly but whenever i reach it, i suffer incredibly bad mood swings and I get very annoyed very easily, and it sucks because i take it out on people and I feel really bad about it after I've calmed down.
November 2nd, 2015 6:18am
You feel depressed before your period because hormones are being released into your body with makes you feel many different types of emotions.
November 4th, 2015 6:18pm
Sometimes your hormones go a little crazy right before a period. Maybe try to go out with some friends or maybe even eat one of your favorite meals!!! That should sure boose your attitude! :-)
November 5th, 2015 3:03am
Before your period, your hormone level drops significantly, making you feel more depressed before your period actually begins.
November 5th, 2015 6:38am
Period is when a women goes through hormonal and physical changes. When the hormonal changes are in progress so comes the mood swings.
November 5th, 2015 10:04pm
Because of your hormones going all over the place, it isn't uncommon to feel sad before your period. It's also possible that you may have PMDD, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, which is like situational depression that centers around your period. You could talk to your doctor about this disorder and treatments. On your own, you could try exercising, yoga, hot tea or other relaxing activities that release those feel-good endorphins.
November 6th, 2015 3:23am
A lot of girls experience this , including me :) I have been told that it is a chemical imbalance in the brain and something to do with the hormones :) google it for more information.
November 6th, 2015 3:13pm
I feel depressed before my period because of my hormones. I have always been like that. I will always be like that but all I have to do is eat ice cream and ill be fine.
November 8th, 2015 5:19am
it's a hormone balance. promise, i get it wayyyyyyyyy to ofen! get some chocolate and drink some hot tea and run a bath, (:
November 13th, 2015 3:38am
Most likely because of hormonal changes. I am not a doctor, however that would be my best guess. If you are grossly concerned about it, talk with your doctor as soon as you can.
November 14th, 2015 10:56pm
The hormones that are released into your body before/during your period affect everyone differently. A very common one is depression. Just try and remember that it is just the hormones thinking!
November 15th, 2015 2:53am
Your body releases a lot of hormones before and during your time of the month and can lead to you feeling depressed.
November 15th, 2015 7:30pm
To be honest the average answer is mostly that your hormones mess with you. It's a time of change - your body has got so much to do so you'll stay ok! But moreover I'd say that all the insecurities that come along with that drag us down as well. Feeling uncomfortable in your own body since you could say there's something "dying" inside. And the fear that someone might notice that (smell, stains, etc.). Mostly you can say good-bye to your pure skin over that time, too, so you don't feel like going out at all which can put you down horribly.