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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Adolescents, Self-harm and Depression


Gabrielle Abelard DNP

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Gabrielle Abelard DNP

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Laura Curtis CNP


Background:The assessment and treatment of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) in the female population is an important issue to be examined. Upward to thirty percent of all females’ report symptoms of moderate to severe PMDD. Proper assessment, identification and treatment of PMDD as a differential diagnosis by healthcare providers is essential for the effective treatment PMDD.

Purpose:To provide evidenced based education to mental health professionals for the assessment and treatment of PMDD in order to help improve the quality of life for patient’s living with this disorder.

Methods: The PMDD education intervention took place at a inpatient psychiatric unit from October 2019 to April 2020 to a multidisciplinary team consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, mental health counselors, and social workersduring a Grand Rounds presentation at a state-run psychiatric facility in the Northeast.The participants completed a Likert survey that assessed the effectiveness of the presentation and the participant’s attitudes towards the treatment of PMDD.

Results: Post intervention, participants reported improved knowledge regarding assessment and evidence based modalities for the treatment of PMDD

Conclusion: Ongoing education about PMDD of psychiatric professionals will improve health outcomes for patients with PMDD

Keywords: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Adolescents, Self-harm and Depression

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