I have a question regarding severe PMS symptoms.
I'm 20 years old, and I've been on birth control for about 3 1/2 years. I started taking Yasmin in spring of 2006 to regulate my periods because they were completely unpredictable. Yasmin cleared up my skin a bit and regulated my periods, but around June 2007 I switched to Yaz because I was still having awful cramps and really long periods. I became sexually active (by sex I mean intercourse) in August of 2007. Yaz has helped to shorten my period and of course the obvious no-pregnancy issue, and it seems to be working pretty well for me overall.
The issue that I'm having right now is that my emotional PMS symptoms have become almost debilitating in the last four or five months. I know that this is generally called PMDD, and it's really been terrible. I'm a junior at MIT taking five classes (a full course load is four), with heavy work loads in most of them. This weekend I'm supposed to be writing a scientific journal article and studying for a huge exam, but I can't focus on anything because of my PMS. I'm exhausted, achy, sad, lonely, listless, etc. All I want to do is crawl back into bed. I'm in a long distance relationship, so my sexual activity is limited to a few days of very high activity followed by several weeks to months of no sex, and of course not having my boyfriend here makes me feel even more down.
I've felt the same way for the last several months in the week leading up to my period. Having a full week out of every month where I can't focus, feel exhausted, and have no motivation to get anything done is affecting my social life and my academics. I'm wondering where I should go from here to start fixing this problem. My brief online research indicated that anti-depressants were an option, but I'm not really sure if I'd like to be taking more pills. Would therapy help with this? Are there home treatments I can try?
I just really need to get out of this funk so I can get my work done and stop feeling so awful about my life.
I appreciate any advice and help. Thanks so much!