Abstract This study assessed the relationship between premenstrual dysphoria reflected in the Premenstrual Assessment Form (PAF) and the Daily Ratings Form (DRF) dimensions of dysphoric mood, physical discomfort, energy levels, consumption and levels of alcohol, sex and activity. Reports of 59% of women with PAF Major Depressive Syndrome were confirmed by their DRF dysphoric mood score, compared with 27% of women with PAF Minor Depressive Syndrome. Women with confirmed premenstrual dysphoria (PMS + group) had significantly higher levels of mood dysphoria, physical discomfort and lower energy levels than the control group at the premenstrual phase. Higher levels of consumption overall were reported premenstrually than postmenstrually. There were no significant differences between groups on the dimension of more alcohol, sex and activity. Implications for future assessment are discussed.