What PMDD means to me
Discussion of menstruation underneath:
Strong reactionary behavior. Example scenario: I’m washing Nick’s sister’s oatmeal bowl for the fifth time this week. A smartass remark about being the only one who ever cleans up around here enters my train of thought. I am overcome with the need to say that smartass thing, instead of addressing my concerns about housework at an appropriate time and in an adult, non-hurtful way. I pick a fight with Nick; I end up crying. This sort of behavior is a consistent alert that my period is within four days away. I don’t always recognize that I’m doing it at first. Whatever self-talk I’ve got going on that makes me so, so angry sounds really convincing at the time. It takes a few days for me to remember what’s going on and that my behavior has an impact on other people. To risk sounding like a cliché, I feel a little like a werewolf.