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Medical Term:

premenstrual dysphoric disorder



  1. a pervasive pattern occurring during the last week of the luteal phase in most menstrual cycles for at least a year and remitting within a few days of the onset of the follicular phase, with some combination of depressed mood, mood lability, marked anxiety, or irritability; various specific physical symptoms; and significant functional impairment; the symptoms are comparable in severity with those seen in a major depressive episode, distinguishing this disorder from the far more common premenstrual syndrome.
  2. a specified set of criteria in the DSM, proposed for the purpose of futher research.

See Also: premenstrual syndrome

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