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Archives of Clinical Psychiatry (São Paulo)

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VALADARES, Gislene C.; FERREIRA, Luciana Valadares; CORREA FILHO, Humberto  e  ROMANO-SILVA, Marco Aurélio. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder review: concept, history, epidemiology and etiology. Rev. psiquiatr. clín. [online]. 2006, vol.33, n.3, pp. 117-123. ISSN 1806-938X.

Epidemiologic studies show that till 80% of the women have physical and/or psychiatric symptoms in the premenstrual period, and in about 3% till 11% of them, this disease has serious consequences, causing familiar or professional damages; characterizing the premenstrual dysphoric disorder. The premenstrual dysphoric symptoms happen in the week before menstruation, stopping in the first days after menstruation beginning. A lot of theories have been proposed to justify its etiology. Hormonals, psychological and environmental factors seem to be involved, however there are no strict conclusions to justify this pathology.

Palavras-chave : Premenstrual disphoric disorder; etiology; hormonals alterations; social damages.

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