Hi CareFirst Representative,
My name is Wiley. I’m twenty five, and I live in Washington DC. I have a mother and five brothers and sisters. I work as a bookkeeper and in my spare time I volunteer at my local animal shelter, watch cooking shows, garden, and go to Washington Nationals games. I have a condition called PMDD (Pre-Menstrual Depressive Disorder). This is not a well known condition–it’s been in the DSM since the seventies, but many doctors I’ve seen haven’t heard of it. Let me tell you a little bit about it.
I got my period when I was eleven. A few months later I tried to kill myself by smashing my head into a wall until my brain shut off. I didn’t know what was wrong, and as a young kid, I didn’t have the maturity to deal with the sudden influx of “bad thoughts.”