Light in the Dark

Hi all thank you for taking the time to stop by, this is the first of a few insights i will be giving to PMDD during the next few weeks. In order to raise awareness for the disorder.  


This first Blog is more of an insight of what it is.  If you don't want to read all the text, maybe just watch the videos.  The newt few blogs will be broken down into bite size chunks a bit more about the disorder and my journey with it....so far.


What is PMDD?

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a cyclical, hormone-based mood disorder with symptoms arising during the premenstrual, or luteal phase of the menstrual cycle and subsiding within a few days of menstruation. It affects an estimated 5.5% of women and AFAB individuals of reproductive age. While PMDD is directly connected to the menstrual cycle, it is not a hormone imbalance. PMDD is a severe negative reaction in the brain to the natural rise and fall of estrogen and progesterone. It is a suspected cellular disorder in the brain. Symptoms can worsen over time and or around reproductive events such as menarche (the first menstrual cycle), pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, and perimenopause.

Those with PMDD are at increased risk for suicide and suicidal behavior. Many people with PMDD, though not all, have a history of sexual trauma or depression. There is no blood or saliva test to diagnose PMDD although these tests can rule out other underlying disorders. The only way to diagnose PMDD is by tracking symptoms daily for at least two menstrual cycles.
AFAB = assigned female at birth 


Visit  IAPMD to read more










What is the idea behind the awareness campaign?


Every month, millions of us fight the symptoms of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. In April, we come together from around the world to make some noise for PMDD Awareness Month. Now in its ninth year - after being started in the UK by Cat Hawkins in 2013. Every year, this amazing month grows larger with more light-bulb moments of hope and connections made around the globe. Our theme for 2021 is ‘Many Hands Make Light Work.’
Through the years, this community has shown us how we can be the light through the darkness when we work together - Alone we may flicker, but together, our light can never go out.


Lighting up the world for PMDD?


Throughout April 2021, buildings & landmarks around the world will light up TEAL to shine a light on PMDD awareness.
PMDD Awareness Month is now in its 9th year. These light-ups are a powerful symbol of hope and community, especially during difficult and uncertain times. Cities, organizations, and companies heard our stories and want to show their support of all the brave women and AFAB individuals living with PMDD in their communities, and beyond. These light-ups are a promise that from this point forward we will no longer suffer alone in the darkness.


Why teal? Teal is the official color of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, symbolizing emotional balance and stability, something we all fight for.



My part

I can't light up building but i can bring light to peoples life and homes with my glass work.....and just maybe my story will help someone else who thinks 'there is no hope' or someone who sees a pattern in someone close to them. But also help by creating pieces that will fund further research into a condition the medics know so little about.


For now here is a video that resonates so much for me, it was hard to watch.

Many thanks,

Kirsty



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