Ebb & Flow — mental health

· By Kristen Scott Ndiaye

PMDD Explained

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a genetic condition related to a woman’s menstrual cycle that affects approximately 2-10% of women in their reproductive years, according to the IAPMD (1). Women with PMDD experience severe mood and physical symptoms usually starting about one to two weeks before the start of their period each cycle (during the premenstrual, or luteal phase) with symptoms subsiding within a few days of starting their period (2). Symptoms include (2): Marked affective lability (e.g., mood swings: feeling suddenly sad or tearful, or increased sensitivity to rejection). Marked irritability or anger or increased interpersonal conflicts. Marked depressed mood, feelings of hopelessness,...

· By Kristen Scott Ndiaye

Traits of the most resilient people

Life is full of obstacles, challenges, and tragedy. Yet, it’s our ability to persist and continue forward, despite these adversities, that truly shape our lives and our level of happiness and well-being.

· By Kristen Scott Ndiaye

What is your period telling you?

Many women consider their period a monthly hassle, yet, in many ways, your menstrual cycle can offer up clues as to what’s going on with your hormonal and metabolic health.