PMS is often the subject of jokes and glib comments but it is not a laughing matter for many women.
Menstruation can cause a variety of symptoms, ranging from mild cramps to the severe psychosis in this case. Every young woman should know what to expect when it happens to them, and their doctors should know where to refer them when they need more help.
Sarah Bannister’s symptoms first started at puberty. “I was 14 when I started my period. Teachers at my school first noticed that I was behaving differently, alternating between being loud and over the top and then anxious and low. This only lasted a week and then I was fine for another three weeks. “A few months later it got worse, I got psychosis and started seeing things which weren’t there. It happened just like that. I got taken to hospital.” Speaking about her experiences now, she is an upbeat and articulate young woman who wants to raise awareness of severe PMS so that other women won’t have to go through the difficult process she did.