(DAILY MAIL) -- Women who suffer from consistently severe mood swings during their menstrual periods are now being diagnosed with mental illness.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), sometimes referred to as 'PMS on steroids', is formally recognized in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
But the decision to categorize this condition as full-fledged disorder has divided opinion, with critics stating that it only contributes to stereotypes about women being emotionally unstable once a month.
Indeed, one commentator wrote on Jezebel.com: 'I actually have PMDD and take birth control to help it (which does work, btw [sic]). Personally, I do find it insulting that PMDD is lumped into the category of psychological disorders.
'Although I do sometimes get intensely depressed for a short amount of time before my period, I think the physical symptoms that accompany the emotional stuff and the fact that it's entirely period related should qualify it as a body problem and not a mental one. Continue reading via Daily Mail...