Episode 9: That Crime Of The Month

8/29/2014, 9:00:00 AM , duration(0:0:0)
Personal Journals/Personal Journals Society & Culture
<p>What does it mean when a woman commits a crime and attributes her<br><br> actions to PMS? We revisit the first use of the "PMS defense," in this<br><br> country, back in 1981. What have we learned about the science of PMS<br><br> since then? Last year, the American Psychiatric Association classified<br><br> a form of PMS (Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD) as a mental<br><br> disorder in the DSM-V. How can the scientific community study severe<br><br> premenstrual symptoms without perpetuating the utterly unscientific<br><br> idea that menstruating women aren’t mentally competent or liable for<br><br> crimes they commit?</p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CriminalShow/~4/n-AdUtdg14M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>