Treating PMDD can help with mood swings and improve your quality of life, according to a new study from researchers at Duke University Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University.
The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, looked at the use of antidepressant medications in the treatment of depression.
“The results of our study suggest that there is a benefit to treatment with antidepressants for depression in men,” Dr. William E. Rabinowitz, a co-author of the study and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke, said in a statement.
“These findings may also be relevant for women with PMDD, who are at increased risk of having symptoms of depression.”
The researchers say that there may be an additional benefit of treating depression with antidepressant medication: reducing the chance of developing PMDD.
“These findings should be viewed with caution because it is possible that these antidepressant medications might have negative effects on depression symptoms and treatment outcomes,” the study authors write.