Exploring premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in the work context:a qualitative study

Hardy, Claire and Hardie, Jenna (2017) Exploring premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in the work context:a qualitative study. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 38 (4). pp. 292-300. ISSN 1743-8942

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Abstract

This study aims to explore women’s experience of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in the workplace, and identify if organizations can do anything to help. Analysis of 15 semi-structured interviews, using an inductive thematic analysis approach, revealed the most common symptoms women experience at work include difficulty in concentrating, self-doubt, paranoia, fatigue, tearfulness, a heightened sensitivity to the environment and people, outbursts, and finding social interaction particularly difficult during this premenstrual “episode” phase. It is these symptoms that contribute to observed presenteeism and absenteeism in the work context. After symptoms disappear (with onset of menstruation), women reported feelings of guilt and engage in over-compensatory behaviors such as working longer hours and taking work home during the remainder of the menstrual cycle (i.e. post-episode phase). Women alternate between these phases every month, which over time, accumulate and have additional consequences.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology on 21/02/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0167482X.2017.1286473
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 127378
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2018 07:42
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2019 01:50
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/127378

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