Did you know that some people have a severe form of PMS called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (also known as PMDD)? Here are some symptoms to look out for that are not just "normal PMS".
Anger and Mood Swings
If you go from being really sad to really angry quickly, that is a sign to look out for. It is normal to feel uncomfortable before your period, which can lead to you being a little moody, but if it's causing you to be angry and mean it may be something else.
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
PMS should not be causing extreme anxiety to the point where you are having panic attacks before your period.
Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
This is a very dangerous symptom of PMDD. I would definitely recommend speaking with your gynecologist if you are experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts in the weeks before your period.
Your period should not be causing insomnia.
Your body might crave certain foods near your period and need slightly more food to prepare your body, but if you binge it could be a sign of PMDD.
A lot of these symptoms are overlooked and are seen as normal, but if the weeks leading up to your period are putting a strain on you, friendships, and relationships, it's not good.
Having severe symptoms like these need attention because your period should not be causing this much emotional and physical pain.