- premenstrual syndrome, Premenstrual syndrome; the physical and psychological malaise experienced by many women between ovulation and the onset of menstruation.
Etymology: From premenstrual + tension
- 1950: Louis Portnoy, Jules Saltman, Fertility in Marriage: A Guide for the Childless
- :There may be an actual distaste for sexual relations for a week or so prior to the period, perhaps as part of a picture of general irritability and vague feelings of discomfort of which some women complain; the name "" has been applied to this.
- 1950: Public Health Service publication no. 263, sect. 20, 1969
- :However, the pervasive social impact of the comes from psychological, behavioral change, and this is the time of month that women are likely to be admitted to psychiatric wards.
- 2006: Corey L.M. Keyes, Sherryl H. Goodman, Women and Depression: A Handbook for the Social, Behavioral, and Biomedical Sciences
- :In 1931, Frank coined the term , in reference to the cyclical recurrence of tension, anxiety, and suicidal ideation in 15 women during their premenstrual phase.
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