Archives of Clinical Psychiatry (São Paulo)
versão impressa ISSN 0101-6083
versão On-line ISSN 1806-938X
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 0101-6083. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-60832006000300001.
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.