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Gogglebox AU: Isabelle Silbery reveals her debilitating health condition


Gogglebox’s Isabelle Silbery reveals her debilitating health condition after finally seeking help when it became ‘unbearable’ for her family


Gogglebox Australia star Isabelle Silbery has revealed she was recently diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

The 34-year-old answered questions about her diagnosis on Instagram, after finally seeking help when her condition became ‘unbearable’ for her loved ones.

PMDD is considered a more serious form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and it affected Isabelle’s physical and mental wellbeing.

Diagnosed: Gogglebox star Isabelle Silbery has revealed she was recently diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)

‘It’s PMS on steroids… I suffer severe symptoms in the lead-up to my period and then I’m totally back to normal,’ Isabelle wrote. 

The reality TV star was initially prescribed the antidepressant Lexapro but will soon be changing to Prozac.

In addition to mental health symptoms, the Melburnian has also put on 10 kilograms as a result of her PMDD.

'It's PMS on steroids': The 34-year-old answered questions about her diagnosis on Instagram this week, after finally seeking help when her condition became 'unbearable' for her family

‘It’s PMS on steroids’: The 34-year-old answered questions about her diagnosis on Instagram this week, after finally seeking help when her condition became ‘unbearable’ for her family

‘Extreme anger that turns to sadness and super irritated by anyone and everything. Hopelessness… Unmotivated… big, sore boobs,’ she said of her symptoms.

Isabelle said her PMDD symptoms became unbearable for herself and her family after coming off contraceptive medicine.

She encouraged her followers to seek advice from their GP if they have similar symptoms, and shared a link to an online resource. 

Treatment: PMDD is considered a more serious form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and it affected Isabelle's physical and mental wellbeing

Medication: She was initially prescribed the antidepressant Lexapro but will soon be changing to Prozac

Treatment: PMDD is considered a more serious form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and it affected Isabelle’s physical and mental wellbeing. She was initially prescribed the antidepressant Lexapro but will soon be changing to Prozac

Isabelle recently celebrated 18 months of dating her fiancé Alex Richards. 

They got engaged after just eight months together. 

She first met Alex in March 2020 and within weeks decided to self-isolate with him during the Covid-19 lockdown. Alex popped the question in July that year.

'Extreme anger that turns to sadness': In addition to mental health symptoms, the Melburnian has also put on 10 kilograms as a result of her PMDD

‘Extreme anger that turns to sadness’: In addition to mental health symptoms, the Melburnian has also put on 10 kilograms as a result of her PMDD

‘This happened… and I said yes. To a man who truly sees me, understands me and loves me for all my idiosyncrasies,’ Isabelle wrote on Instagram at the time.

‘I don’t need diamond rings or all the things… no perfected engagement pics… It’s just us … just as we are. All I really need is unconditional love. We all do.’

Isabelle said Alex proposed ‘on the couch’ at home.  

Happily ever after: Isabelle recently celebrated 18 months of dating her fiancé Alex Richards (left). They got engaged after just eight months together

Happily ever after: Isabelle recently celebrated 18 months of dating her fiancé Alex Richards (left). They got engaged after just eight months together

The couple purchased their first property together last August.

Isabelle’s friend Benjamin Norris revealed the news on the TV Blackbox podcast.

‘Who just bought a million-dollar mansion to celebrate their engagement to a man they only met in March?’ Ben said. ‘Isabelle Silbery from Gogglebox!’

‘[She’s] one of my good friends, and she will kill me for that. But hey, it’s a true story.’

Impulse buy: The couple purchased their first property together last August

Impulse buy: The couple purchased their first property together last August 

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