Study: PMS can lead to suicide attempts
By Rivka Freilich
Are you overly anxious, unfocused while driving, staying at home, or being hard on yourself? It’s possible that you are a week away from your menstrual period.
Studies conducted all over the world show that half of car accidents and suicide attempts involving women took place in the week before the women had their periods.
The studies were compiled by Professor Mark Glazerman, director of the Women’s Comprehensive Health Center at the Rabin Medical Center.
Symptoms: Swelling of the body, headaches, fatigue
Prof. Glazerman, who is also the deputy director of Rabin Medical Center, said that 80 percent of women suffer from PMS. Forty percent suffer serious symptoms, and 10 percent experience difficulties in day-to-day functions.
Pre Menstrual Syndrome is diagnosed when a woman suffers from at least one of the following symptoms: Over anxiety, insomnia, low self-esteem that could lead to suicidal tendencies and withdrawal from society and disorientation.
The distress can also be recognized by physical disorders such as pain and inflammation of the joints (especially the knees), swelling of the body, headaches, fatigue, or a swollen stomach.
In case a woman suffers from one of the symptoms consistently during one week before the period, or up to two days after the period, these are most likely symptoms of PMS.
After compiling the data officials at Rabin Medical Center decided to establish a new clinic for women who suffer from the symptoms.
Similar clinics already opened in some hospitals in Israel operating under the Center for Women’s Health.
Every woman turning to the center will undergo lab works and will be kept under supervision for three months. The medical team treating the women will consist of gynecologists, psychiatrists, sexologists, social workers, and doctors representing alternative medicine.
In case the woman will be diagnosed with PMS she will be offered treatments by medication, physiologists, or psychiatrics. The clinic will also have available rheumatologists, nephrologists, and dermatologists.
Dude, I don’t know about you, but although it’s very nice and all that people are making such efforts to help women who suffer from PMS, I think it’s a bit insulting to be treated like a mental case. I suffer from PMS, and I rather enjoy the comfort I find in it. It’s very therapeutic to let your feelings run wild every month or so. But I guess that if it’s as severe as they say it can get, than maybe treatment is necessary, whatever…
Peace, love and playing on the mood swing!