PMDD Awareness Month Writing Contest

This April, the International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD) is proudly sponsoring the first ever “PMDD Writing Contest” giving those whose lives have been touched by reproductive mood disorders a chance to have their stories published for others to read and learn from. We are looking for essays about survival, loss, recovery, or hope that are intimately personal and honest about how PMDD and PME change lives.

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(Guest Post) PMDD and Addiction: Giving Hope to the Hopeless

I suffered my first panic attack at age 13 in my bedroom before going to sleep one night. My parents didn’t know what to do to calm me down and I had absolutely no idea what I was stressing over. There wasn’t some big life change coming about or anything stressful happening in my life at this point. These feelings came out of nowhere and I felt trapped. I was scared to talk to people about that night because anytime I voiced my feelings of sadness or fear, I was told that I was exaggerating or making a big deal out of nothing.

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