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I’ve spent the last 15 years of my life trying to pretend I’m not sick. I’ve hidden on the floors of bathrooms, curled up after passing out and walked back out into a room full of people with a smile on my face. I’ve walked blocks to get coffee or hop bars with groups of friends, with a shooting pain up my legs, trying not to fall over and simultaneously maintaining enough of a conversation with them that they wouldn’t notice.
Known as PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder), this condition is estimated to affect somewhere around 1 in 20 menstruators, though, like many health concerns impacting on women, there hasn’t yet been enough study in this field to properly determine key statistics. Unfortunately, many medical practitioners are not yet aware of the existence of the disorder, let alone how to treat it — an extremely disheartening frustration for sufferers to contend with, especially given that PMDD can have devastating implications on an individual’s quality of life; often impeding on one’s general well-being and their basic ability to function.
To some, it would likely seem idyllic to clock so much couch and trashy tv time, but I can promise you it’s far from enjoyable. Often left to dwell in our own complex minds, sick days can be a mental health war zone. Endless hours of battling what it might mean if our bodies don’t improve or accepting that other people are just simply too busy to notice us.