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Psychological Premenstrual Symptoms as a Clinical Diagnosis: An Ethical Review

Isabelle Carren-Le Sauter

Title:
Psychological Premenstrual Symptoms as a Clinical Diagnosis: An Ethical Review
Author(s):
Carren-Le Sauter, Isabelle
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Undergraduate theses
Department:
Psychology (Barnard College)
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, Barnard College.
Abstract:
Throughout most of history, there has been a certain amount of taboo involved in the discussion of the female menstrual cycle. There is certainly something unnerving about the idea that, every month, women lose about 70-80ml of blood. There are also hormonal fluctuations during the cycle, which have other effects such as mood changes and physical discomfort. It seems that much of the current stigma is related more to these side effects than the actual menstruation itself, and they have come to be known as premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. Though many are aware of this syndrome in a colloquial sense, it is in fact a real disorder called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, or PMDD. It is currently listed in the DSM-IV under the Depressive Disorders NOS (not otherwise specified), meaning it is a legitimate diagnostic disorder. This is helpful in that psychologists are recognizing the problems women have with their menstrual cycle and allowing them to get help, but there are many downsides that come along with having the diagnosis of PMDD in the DSM. Should PMDD be included in the DSM? What are the consequences?
Subject(s):
Psychology
Ethics
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Suggested Citation:
Isabelle Carren-Le Sauter, 2010, Psychological Premenstrual Symptoms as a Clinical Diagnosis: An Ethical Review, Columbia University Academic Commons, http://hdl.handle.net/10022/AC:P:10368.

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