Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: Recognition and Treatment

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The formal medical description of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and the more severe, related diagnosis of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) goes back at least 70 years to a paper presented at the New York Academy of Medicine by Robert T. Frank titled “Hormonal Causes of Premenstrual Tension.” The specific term premenstrual syndrome appears to date from an article published in 1953 by Dalton and Green in the British Medical Journal. 1 Since then, PMS has been a continuous presence in our popular culture, occupying a place that is larger than the research attention accorded it as a medical diagnosis.​

Primary Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2003;5(1):30-39