If you are a follower of Vicious Cycle: Making PMDD Visible on social media, you would have seen us using various platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, this blog, Tumblr and even Pinterest, to raise awareness of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. The debilitating hormone based mood disorder that affects around 1 in 20 women and individuals assigned female at birth who are in their reproductive years.
What you may not be aware of is that we are pushing to raise awareness on all fronts behind the scenes, appealing to the governing bodies of gynaecology, psychiatry and general practice in various countries to get PMDD on the radar and improve the standards of care for all sufferers. It’s a slow burn, but we won’t give up!
During PMDD Awareness Month last April, our Cofounder and Director Laura Murphy, who also admins the world’s largest Facebook PMDD support group in the UK, is a board member of the Gia Allemand Foundation and is on the Women’s Voices Involvement Panel for the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, was invited to write about her experience of PMDD for The RCOG Blog. The blog’s readership includes many professionals who are on the front line of PMDD diagnosis and treatment so we were thrilled to be reaching those with the power to make a real difference.
Here is the link to Laura Murphy’s article on the RCOG Blog. It also features comments from Dr. Nick Panay, spokesperson for RCOG and Chair of the National Association for Premenstrual Syndromes. At the conclusion of the article are some helpful links for further reading.