History, evolution, and diagnosis of premenstrual dysphoric disorder

J Clin Psychiatry. 2000;61 Suppl 12:5-8.


Clinically significant premenstrual problems with mood and behavior have been recognized since ancient times. However, it was not until 1987 that formal criteria for a specific diagnosis were proposed. The history of the development of the DSM-IV criteria for premenstrual dysphoric disorder, as well as the epidemiology and ways in which the condition differs from other mood disorders, is reviewed.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Mood Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mood Disorders / psychology
  • Premenstrual Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Premenstrual Syndrome / history
  • Premenstrual Syndrome / psychology
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Terminology as Topic