CYCLICAL MOOD DISORDERS CLINIC

Specializing in DIagnosis and treatment coordination for Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and perimenstrual exacerbation of underlying disorders (PME). 

Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul is a clinical psychologist specializing in compassionate treatment of painful emotions and impulsive behaviors (aggression, suicidality, self-injury, and substance abuse), particularly those that arise in relation to the menstrual cycle. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul, please fill out the pre-intake form here.

assessment and DIAGNOSIS

At the cyclical mood disorders clinic, we believe that a thorough and thoughtful assessment of symptoms across two menstrual cycles is the first and most powerful intervention for cyclical mood disorders. Getting the right diagnosis (for example, PMDD, PME of Depression, etc) can be validating and allows patients to access effective treatments that are tailored to their unique symptom profiles. Unfortunately, the fluctuating nature of symptoms in PMDD/PME can make it very difficult to disentangle background symptoms of other disorders from cyclical symptoms. In 2017, Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul developed and published the first standardized protocol for making the diagnosis of PMDD/PME using two cycles of daily symptom ratings. In the clinic, she uses this Carolina Premenstrual Assessment Scoring System (C-PASS) to produce a clear diagnosis and description of whether and how your symptoms change across the cycle or in response to hormonal treatments. 

Treatment coordination

Since treatment of cyclical mood disorders can be complex and many females with cyclical mood symptoms are brushed aside by health care providers who are not aware of PMDD/PME, Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul also provides treatment coordination. Usually, this means she will provide referrals to other specialists for specific recommended medical treatments based on your history and the evidence base. If needed, she will prepare a comprehensive diagnostic report describing your symptoms, your history of treatment response, and recommendations to health care providers for evidence-based treatments moving forward. Often, she will continue to meet with clients as necessary to provide advice, support, and skills training (e.g., coping, communication skills for speaking with providers) while the patient seeks long-term medical or surgical treatments.