At a previous job, my female colleagues and I always used to joke about PMS (premenstrual syndrome), especially when one of us was having a bad day. In fact, one of these coworkers used to have intense mood swings each month. When she had these episodes, we really tried to avoid setting her off. If she did have a reaction, she’d always come back the next day and apologize, attributing her outburst to it being “that time of the month.”
It turns out my coworker is not alone. Experts estimate that 85 percent of women have at least one symptom of premenstrual syndrome, which can include mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. These issues, which often peak when women are in their late 20s and early 30s, often reoccur. However, symptoms’ intensity may vary, depending on the month.
All of this made me wonder – do women like my friend who have experienced regular and severe PMS symptoms when they had their menstrual peri...
Premenstrual tenderness and swelling of the breasts; Breast tenderness - premenstrual; Breast swelling - premenstrual
Self-care tips include:
Eating a lower fat diet
Avoiding caffeine (coffee, tea, and chocolate)
Avoiding salt 1 - 2 weeks before your period starts
Getting vigorous exercise every day
You should perform a breast self-examination every month.
A well-fitting bra should be worn day and night to provide good breast support.
The effectiveness of vitamin E, vitamin B6, and herbal preparations such as evening primrose oil are somewhat controversial and should be discussed with your health care provider.
Birth control pills may be prescribed to decrease symptoms.
Diuretics (water pills) taken in the premenstrual phase may reduce breast swelling and tenderness.
A prescription medicine called Depo-Provera is available for those who experience premenstrual breast swelling and tenderness. This d...
The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a early-intervention program for children with autism. According to Autism Speaks, the features of this program are:
Naturalistic applied behavioral analytic strategies
Sensitive to normal developmental sequence
Deep parental involvement
Focus on interpersonal exchange and positive affect
Shared engagement with joint activities
Language and communication taught inside a positive, affect-based relationship 
ESDM can be used in children as young as 18 months old and “has been found to be effective for children with autism spectrum disorder across a wide range of learning styles and abilities. Children with more significant learning challenges were found to benefit from the program as much as children without such learning challenges.” 
ESDM Helps Regulate Brain Function
A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry indicates that ESDM boosts language and cognitive ski...
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