Approach to premenstrual dysphoria for the mental health practitioner

Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2010 Jun;33(2):257-72. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2010.01.008.


As many as 7% of women experience significant social or occupational dysfunction as a result of severe premenstrual mood disturbance. Biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors are implicated in the cause of premenstrual dysphoric disorder, but the interaction between these factors remains to be elucidated. Mental health practitioners can aid women by providing diagnostic clarity and by initiating an integrated step-wise management approach.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biological Psychiatry*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services*
  • Mood Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mood Disorders / psychology
  • Premenstrual Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Premenstrual Syndrome / etiology
  • Premenstrual Syndrome / psychology
  • Premenstrual Syndrome / therapy*