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Table 1 Research criteria for PMDD (DSM-IV-TR) [17]

From: Prevalence of premenstrual syndrome and its association with psychosocial and lifestyle variables: a cross-sectional study from Palestine

Criteria for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD, modified from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th edition)

A. Symptoms must occur during the week before menses and remit a few days after onset of menses. Five of the following symptoms must be present and at least one must be (1), (2), (3), or (4)

1. Depressed mood or dysphoria

2. Anxiety or tension

3. Affective lability

4. Irritability

5. Decreased interest in usual activities

6. Concentration difficulties

7. Marked lack of energy

8. Marked change in appetite, overeating, or food cravings

9. Hypersomnia or insomnia

10. Feeling overwhelmed

11. Other physical symptoms, e.g., breast tenderness, bloating

B. Symptoms must interfere with work, school, usual activities or relationships

C. Symptoms must not merely be an exacerbation of another disorder

D. Criteria A, B, and C must be confirmed by prospective daily ratings for at least 2 consecutive symptomatic menstrual cycles