East Lansing, MI (PRWEB) September 26, 2009
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) affects between three and eight percent of women during their reproductive years. Like premenstrual syndrome (PMS), PMDD is associated with a woman's menstrual cycle and includes symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and irritability. What sets PMDD apart is its severity. The illness can be debilitating, including severe physical and emotional disturbances that can leave women and their loved ones feeling hopeless and frustrated.
"PMDD touches a large number families, but many women are unfamiliar with the illness or don't know where to turn for information and support," said PMDD Hope founder Jennifer Wells-McCullough.
Because the amount of accessible information about PMDD has been limited, Wells-McCullough founded PMDD Hope to provide PMDD sufferers and their families with resources and support. "The effects of PMDD are broad-reaching," said Wells-McCullough. "Women must not only learn to navigate PMDD's physical effects, but also formulate a plan for adapting their lives so the disease is less disruptive to their relationships, jobs, and emotional well-being."
Wells-McCullough, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and former PMDD sufferer, knows first-hand how difficult it can be to navigate the available resources in search of information. The illness may be affected by multiple variables that make it essential for women to work with knowledgeable advocates on their paths to wellness.
PMDD Hope offers services aimed at helping women with PMDD take control of their diagnoses. Services include:
- Education, guidance, and support for women and their families to assist in psychosocial
adaptation to PMDD
- Information about chronic illness and applicable laws and rights in workplace and educational
- Support for PMDD sufferers during the process of disclosure about their illness
- Identification of online and community resources to provide ongoing assistance
- Strategies to increase self-efficacy & self-advocacy
- Development of coping strategies
- Identification of strengths, areas of concern, and goals to help women increase their quality of
- Support, empathy, and understanding during difficult days with PMDD
About PMDD Hope
PMDD Hope was founded in 2009 to empower and educate women with PMDD and the people that care about them. Jennifer Wells-McCullough offers personalized consultation and supportive services designed to increase awareness of the illness and help sufferers move toward integration and wellness. For more information, please visit http://www.pmddhope.com.
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