Woman: The Dance – S Akhtar

I was so glad to see this article (Severe PMS May Cause Psychosis) in a British mainstream newspaper.

Glad, why? Because I have suffered in the dark for most of my life from severe PMS, not knowing I was.

There was no avenue to get help/ I didn’t know I needed help. Us, women, we just soldier on, and our mothers have also just soldiered on. No real knowledge has been available to us. Over the centuries, respect for the power of woman has all but evaporated. In ancient times, there was much more respect for the inner trials and tribulations women endure, from girlhood till we die.

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A great deal of it has to do with the dominant narrative surrounding this issue. The attitude women have towards other women, is the pits. This is a trickle-down effect from fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, boyfriends and husbands.

In my experience, men just have no tools to truly grasp what women experience. Yes, I generalise, and this is because I have experienced it myself with men for over 40 years and so speak from a place of knowledge. I will not man-bash here. It is only through education that attitudes can change. It is up to women to change the dominant narrative, to seek out ancient knowledge, to understand just how IMMENSE the power of women is and what our bodies, psyches and minds have been created to do.

Life and Death dwell within us. A constant cycle. Every month, there is the potential of life and then there is a death. The death of an egg. And yes, there is bleeding. Stop burying this! Its always alarming. How can the sight of blood not be? We as women develop very strong psyches, and have the potential to develop even further. By NOT feeling ashamed, guilty or inferior IN ANY WAY by the processes we endure.

Puberty. Onset of Menstruation. Menstruation. Pregnancy. ChildBirth AND the one that almost trumps them all – Menopause.

I shall be posting more…

If you’re a woman and you’re not particularly interested in this, that too is fine, but just keep yourself informed so that you do not belittle another woman. Sure I get it, there are those of us who would rather not have this shouted about because we’ve fought so hard in the workplace to be seen as NOT ruled by their hormones. What I’m saying is why have we had to fight so hard.

Severe PMS or PMDD causes Anxiety, Depression but these are just words – how it can FEEL is like this

– Like you’re a completely different person: Feelings of Borderline Personality Disorder, Feelings of Schizophrenia
-Like no-one understands you: Alienation, Isolation.
– Like you want to die: Suicide

Of course, there will be those who will misuse this information, but you know what? Those people have been misusing women for centuries. Its the same attitude that dominates. You HAVE to stand for WHO you are.