Adrienne Hayes



Welcome to Real Life with A. My name is Adrienne but I am affectionately known as A to my family and friends. I am 29 years old and I live in NYC. Things that you need to know about me ? Im funny, opinionated, empathetic, caring, ambitious and simply down to earth. I have a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelors in Human Services.

I started this blog as a way of connecting with people. Join me as I share my experiences. I will blog about health, both physical and mental. Relationships, the job search , and current news. I will also blog about some of my hobbies which includes traveling, cooking, sewing and more.







MAY 19


The current DSM-5 has now listed premenstrual dysphoric disorder as a clinically significant psychiatric disorder. This disorder can be distinguished from other disorders based on the biological markers. If treatments such as SSRI’s is implemented you will see a significant improvements. All symptoms should be documented for a minimum of two months prior to client being diagnosed with this disorder.

The symptoms of PMDD normally begin a week before menses. (Menses = blood and other matter discharged from the uterus at menstruation). In order for a client to be diagnosed with PDD the client must have a presence of five premenstrual symptoms. At least one of the symptoms must include mood swings

  • Depressed mood

  • Irritability

  • Rejection sensitivity

  • Anxiety

  • increased interpersonal conflict.

Some other symptoms that may be experienced are difficulty concentrating , social withdrawal , sleep disturbance, overeating, food cravings, lack of energy, headache, bloating, breast tenderness.

These symptoms must occur in at least 50% of your menstrual cycles in the past year. The symptoms have to create some form of disruptions whether it’s at work, academically or in social and interpersonal relationships. The symptoms will decrease/lessen intensity with the on set of menses.. . . .






MAY 07


“ YOU ARE WORTHY “. Know your worth. Let me tell you something I’ve never been one to be insecure at all. I’m not trying to say that I think I’m the prettiest, the flyest, the whatever but I’m dope as hell. I lost sight of that in my old relationship. Mental abuse is very real. My ex use to try to tell me “ oh all these guys only like you because you have big boobs and a big butt” at one point he said it so much I started believing it. GIRL it was his own insecurities. He was threatened , the attention I received from other men scared him and he didn’t know what to do so that was the reaction. To be clear I wasn’t out here flirting or things like that but I’m naturally dope and that just attracts people. I’ve had guys tell me “I wish I could talk to my girlfriend the way I can talk to you “, or “I want a girl like you who is driven, smart and bout her business like you”. The problem is that all the qualities they saw in me he saw in me too but took them for granted. He couldn’t fathom someone having what was once his. Especially knowing how good of a person I am, and the things I’ve done for him. Anyway I just have to tell you don’t allow others to dim your light shine bright like the muthaaaafreaking star you are lol love you ..

Stay tuned for next weeks “ Things I need women to know “