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Mina Isak

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Transcript of PMS

PMS-defying misconceptions By: Group 7
Under supervision of: Dr Tarek El Sehrawy
1980-1981 Craddock was a barmaid with a lengthy criminal record: thirty prior sentences for theft, arson and assault.
Charged with murdering a co-worker, institutional records indicated a cyclic pattern to her violent behaviour.
She was found guilty of manslaughter based on a plea of diminished responsibility; that PMS 'turned her into a raging animal each month and forced her to act out of character.
Sentencing was delayed for three months to see if she would respond to progesterone. Subsequently, the judge also considered PMS as a mitigating factor.
As a result, Craddock was placed on probation and court ordered progesterone treatment.
Later that year, she received no progesterone for four days. On the fourth day, she threw a brick through a window and reported herself to the police.
She was arrested, received progesterone and was released by Court.
Then, in 1981, she began to receive a lower dosage of progesterone.
In April, she attempted suicide, wrote a threatening letter to a police sergeant and waited behind the police station with a knife.
Charged with carrying an offensive weapon, Smith's defence was the claim of automatism.
Again, the sentence was reduced to probation due to Smith's PMS.
objectives What How is PMS important?
is PMS ? to diagnose and treat it?
Why? Why Natural part of the menstrual cycle, affecting over 85% of women at some time during their lives A woman with pms spends approximately
8 years of her life with severe symptoms. Thus PMS/PMDD can cause distress or even impairment of functioning over a significant fraction of a woman’s lifetime.
& Psychiatry Adverse effect on women's relationships with co-workers, partners, and children. [B28]
Risk for Suicide
Risk for Major Depression
Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders
Figure 1 Impairment of QoL in PMDD
PMS & Economy Direct costs
Indirect costs
“presenteeism”and absenteeism.
in the courtroom In the early 1980s, evidence of premenstrual syndrome was first adduced in England to support the partial criminal defense of diminished responsibility and subsequent cases in England and Canada have shown that premenstrual syndrome will be taken into account as a mitigating factor in sentencing.

Bernadette McSherry, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Clayton, Vic, Australia, author of “psychiatry, psychology and law”
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