DSMIV Diagnostic Criteria

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A. In most menstrual cycles over the past year, 5 or more symptoms were present most of the time in the last week of the luteal phase, began to remit soon after the onset of the follicular phase, and were absent in the week after menses, with at least one of the symptoms being either (1), (2), (3), or (4):

1. Markedly depressed mood, hopelessness , or self-deprecating thoughts

2. Marked anxiety, tension, feeling "keyed up" or "on edge"

3. Marked affective lability

4. Persistent and marked anger or irritability or increased interpersonal conflicts

5. Decreased interest in activities

6. Subjective sense of difficulty in concentrating

7. Lethargy, easy fatigability, or marked lack of energy

8. Marked change in appetite, overeating, or specific food cravings

9. Hypersomnia or insomnia

10. A subjective sense of being overwhelmed or out of control

11. Physical symptoms, such as breast tenderness or swelling, headaches, joint or muscle pain, a sense of "bloating", weight gain

B. The disturbance markedly interferes with work or school or usual social activities and relationships with others.

C. The disturbance is not merely an exacerbation of the symptoms of another disorder, such as Major Depression, Panic Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, or a Personality Disorder.

D. Criteria A, B and C must be confirmed by prospective daily ratings during at least 2 consecutive symptomatic cycles

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