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Navigating Life with PMDD

Navigating Life with PMDD

Aimed at helping each other cope with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.

Starts 25th February, 2023

8 sessions | Conducted every Saturday 12 PM

Small group, 6-8 people

75-minute online video conversations

Led by Anuhya Korrapati

Program Fee - INR 2500 for India-based participants | INR 3500 for participants outside India

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About the Group

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) affects between 5-8% of those who menstruate; yet those who experience it often feel so alone. After all, PMDD is so much more than your average PMS symptoms. PMDD is a depressive disorder that sees a large shift in mood and behavior during the time in your cycle between ovulation and menstruation. It may be affecting your daily functioning, your relationships, your work, and so much more.
Since it’s a fairly newly categorized depressive disorder, there is limited understanding. This group is here to offer you a community of peers who can relate to what you’re going through.

Goals of the Group

1. Reduce stigma associated with PMDD and develop positive coping strategies.
2. Increase social connectedness and create a sense of belonging within people with PMDD.
3. Empower people with PMDD through existing knowledge and offering available support, and to help build resilience and strength through it.
4. Develop a positive self-concept, self-acceptance and self-esteem.

What will we talk about?

1. The twin taboo associated with Menstrual-Mental Health
2. Explore experiences of Medical gaslighting, Sexism and Bias
3. Discuss Identity, self-concept, self-acceptance and self-esteem in PMDD
4. Navigating life with PMDD in personal and professional life.
5. Advocating for yourself, especially in a medical setting.
6. Experiences with therapies and medications.
7. Skills and habits that could improve quality of life or health outcomes
8. Tracking and monitoring cyclical symptoms to understand possible triggers.
9. Building a safety plan and crisis support plan to encourage harm reduction.
10. Discuss dynamic disability and cyclical living.

  • This group has been such a helpful tool for me as a sufferer of PMDD. I feel validated by you all. Even though this disorder sucks, I’m grateful we have each other. So, thank you for being here and thank you for getting me. I don’t know anyone in my personal life that has PMDD so this is a place I know I can come to to commiserate, and feel heard, seen and understood.

    Shreya

  • I am SO glad this community exists. I have Pretty extreme health anxiety that spirals out of control in the week leading up to my period. This group puts my mind at ease and prevents me from going into panic mode. So thank you all for sharing, and know that is isolated person is very, very grateful.

    Ritu

  • Thank you everyone for creating such a supportive community here. I’m so freaking grateful!

    Matsya

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Meet your Facilitator

Anuhya Korrapati

"Anuhya Korrapati is an SRF Doctoral Fellow at Christ University, Bengaluru researching PCOS, PMDD and Endometriosis. She received her MSc in Health Economics from the University of York and was a recipient of the Postgraduate York Gold Award 2019. She was diagnosed with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and founded BeyondBlood in 2019.

Anuhya is also a trained peer support provider who also worked on the Youth Advisory Board with International Association for Premenstrual Disorders, USA, for two years. She has extensive experience facilitating Peer support groups for people with PMDD and is a passionate patient advocate. "

FAQs

What are soulUp groups?

At SoulUp, you'll meet people who get what you're going through and might be living some of the same realities. People looking for extraordinary conversations, just like you.

✔️ Small group, 6-8 people

✔️ Every meeting led by a world-class facilitator

✔️ Weekly 75-minute online video sessions

What happens in a group session?

While the format can vary as per topic, here’s a flow that most sessions follow

Check In. Participants check-in with each others' feelings and answer the prompt given by the facilitator if any.

Conversation. Your facilitator will guide the group in a free-flowing conversation—with the goal of sharing openly, talking honestly, and deep emotional connection.

Check Out. Participants share what they're taking away from the session.

What am i going to get out of this?

Participants say that they feel heard, understood, more in control, and a feeling that you’ve got people rooting for you. By talking about your emotions and what's going on in your life, you'll realise that you're not alone and get ideas for how to improve your situation.

How long has soulup been around?

SoulUp was founded in Feb 2022 by Punita Mittal and Mahak Maheshwari - a team of IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay with more than 20 years of combined healthcare experience. SoulUp is redefining mental health through groups that are effective, but also fun, social, and challenging.

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