In an interview with Psychiatric News, Epperson said an “explosion” of research in the last 20 years has validated the existence of severe and distinct symptoms—marked most prominently by emotional lability, irritability, and anger—during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. Epperson said probably only 2-5 percent of women would qualify for the diagnosis.
She pointed out that actual changes to the criteria that are currently in DSM-IV are modest. More important has been a reordering of symptoms, giving priority to the symptoms of emotional lability, irritability, and anger rather than depressed mood. For the article by Epperson and colleagues, click here. For additional coverage, see Psychiatric News here.
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