PMS can ruin your life. Not in the “Shucks, I’m not gonna get laid for at least another week” type of way. And not in the “Damn, this bitch is mad and now she’s gonna poleaxe the lower half of my nut sack” type of way. But in the deranged, “I’m gonna gut you like a fish while smiling and singing Mary Had A Little Lamb” way.
So before you talk to another female experiencing “that time of the month”, read this story and heed its warnings.
PMS can be severe. So severe, in fact, that it morphs into what’s known as PMDD: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. This condition affects up to 8% of women. And it can be totally disabling. In some instances, it may be more than that…
Consider Regina v. Craddock, a UK criminal case from 1981.
Sandie Craddock, a 29-year-old London woman with dozens of criminal convictions, was charged with murdering a fellow barmaid. At trial an expert testified that all her crimes – as well as her numerous suicide attempts – occurred at roughly 29-day intervals (that is, in sync with her menstrual cycle). Agreeing she wasn’t in control of her faculties, the court reduced Craddock’s charge to manslaughter and freed her on probation provided she remained on hormone therapy. (more…)