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Here is a shout out to all the females…girls and women of the reproductive (read menstruating) age group: Do you experience what is familiarly known as PMS (Pre menstrual stress) Its commonest , visible symptoms are mood swings irritability rudeness in speech, and mannerism especially while interacting with other individuals around you. This occurs days or weeks before the stipulated date of period every month.Once periods commence the so called’ blues’ disappear.
Some of you might wonder as to why I am bringing up this issue? Well as a matter of fact I am facing some acute relationship problems because my only offspring (daughter) experiences a severe form of PMS from time to time.
To begin at the beginning my daughter (let’s call her Bob )is now 29. She attained puberty at rather normal age of 14. For more than a decade everything went on rather smoothly. However about five years ago things began to take an ugly turn.Whenever her periods got delayed or didn’t happen she would turn ferocious, nay demoniacal.On the slightest pretext she would pick up a quarrel with me or her Papa…as the argument escalated she would suddenly turn violent; it was a terrible sight to behold: hair flying, nostrils flaring, the face crimson purple in rage.She would repeatedly punch and pummel me. Catching me by the hair, she would bang my head against the wall, pull out my hair by fistfuls. This Thundery mood would last two to three days.Thereafter calmness and sanity would be restored. Now here is a twist in the tale. I was always a handy target. The sly woman that she is Bob never unleashes violence on her father . Hmm there is more than meets the eye. To tackle this malaise a psychiatrist was consulted; he gave Bob a clean chit; rather he convinced her to consult a gynaecologist. The latter diagnosed that even though violence up to a certain degree was commonplace during PMS such an unbridled outburst was by no means acceptable. As part of holistic therapy Bob was prescribed medication undertake a diet regimen and practice yoga regularly.And the results are beginning to show.
Voicing an anxious mom’s woes I only wish to say: PMS apart Bob is one of the gentlest creatures under the sun A soft-hearted animal lover; a dedicated diligent physiotherapist to her numerous patients, a dutiful daughter, it is unfortunately her malady that plays havoc with our domestic lives and interpersonal relationships.
So in case any of you are getting even the tiniest of such “Blues” please go for treatment rather than breaking bones your ageing family members.
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