Irritable Male Syndrome: Managing the Four Key Causes of Depression and Aggression

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From the best-selling author of Male Menopause comes another life-transforming book for men-and the women who love them-on overcoming the mood and behavior changes caused by fluctuating male hormones

It turns out that it's not only women who suffer from hormone related irritability. Depression, anger, fatigue, moodiness, anxiety, lethargy, low libido, and confusion are just some of the symptoms of a recently identified condition that affects ...

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Overview

From the best-selling author of Male Menopause comes another life-transforming book for men-and the women who love them-on overcoming the mood and behavior changes caused by fluctuating male hormones

It turns out that it's not only women who suffer from hormone related irritability. Depression, anger, fatigue, moodiness, anxiety, lethargy, low libido, and confusion are just some of the symptoms of a recently identified condition that affects men.

IMS (Irritable Male Syndrome) is in some ways similar to male menopause, but it can affect men of all ages. What often triggers IMS is acute or chronic stress. Focusing on two crucial times of life when male hormones are shifting rapidly-adolescence/young adulthood and midlife-Jed Diamond reports on the latest research from international experts on men's health and hormones; describes in detail the symptoms of IMS; explains how the volatile mood swings of the syndrome can wreak havoc with a man's closest relationships and provides advice on preventing, diagnosing, and treating IMS.

Just as when he began researching his landmark book on male menopause, Jed Diamond is at the forefront of this controversial subject. He offers readers the most comprehensive, insightful coverage of IMS-and the practical wisdom he imparts will help millions.

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Publishers Weekly
Psychotherapist Diamond (Male Menopause) focuses on how hormonal changes and chronic stress can trigger "irritable male syndrome: a state of hypersensitivity, anxiety, frustration, and anger." Drawing a parallel to premenstrual syndrome, he explains how IMS can result at any time of life, but primarily in puberty and midlife, from shifting testosterone levels; he also shows how it has roots in the changing role of women, workplace situations, increased stress and interpersonal relationships, which threaten male self-esteem. The disorder's earliest symptom is irritability, which untreated can spiral into anger, violence or depression. Diamond focuses on the syndrome's blaming behavior, often directed toward women. "We can have an almost irrational need to break away and be free.... We often see our partners as the ones who are holding us back," he writes. So Diamond includes diagnostic questionnaires and counsels men on how to recognize and handle these difficult feelings. He also offers specific steps for others to help an IMS man in denial, plus what to do if either partner wants to leave the relationship. While some advice is familiar-eat right, exercise, consider taking medications, nurture your spiritual side-Diamond's insights may help men most by giving them context and explanation for what they're feeling physically and emotionally, thus helping IMS men to take steps to feel better about themselves. Agent, Nancy Ellis-Bell. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Is the man in your life hypersensitive and anxious? Is he frustrated, angry, and uninterested in sex? This may result from biochemical changes and stress-related issues, according to psychotherapist Diamond (Male Menopause), adviser to the Men's Health Network. Similar to PMS in women, Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS) is related to the concurrence of stress, decrease in self-esteem, and biochemical changes that can affect a man in adolescence or middle age. Diamond does a thorough job of explaining the male psyche and chemistry, citing an abundance of research and case studies. He spends several chapters detailing realistic and practical steps to deal with the problem. Although the title may make one want to dismiss this as another syndrome du jour publication, it actually contains some informative and helpful research on male development. It will most likely be read by women in a relationship with men experiencing the stress and anger symptoms detailed here. For public libraries. Deborah Bigelow, Leonia P.L., NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579547981
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 291
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Jed Diamond, a licensed psychotherapist for 38 years and director of the health program MenAlive, is the author of seven books, including the international bestseller Male Menopause. He is on the board of advisors of the Men's Health Network and also serves on the international scientific board of the World Congress on Men's Health. He lives in Willits, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
What We're Learning from the Feedback of 10,000 Men vii
Part 1 The Problem
1 The Irritable Male Syndrome: What Is It, and Is It Real? 3
2 Finding the Facts, Hearing the Truth: "Am I Suffering from IMS?"/"Am I Living with an IMS Male?" 25
3 "Acting Out" IMS Irritability, Anger, and Violence 53
4 "Acting in" IMS Irritability, Depression, and Suicide 74
Part 2 Understanding
5 The End of Men: Are Males an Endangered Species? 101
6 Irritability, Love, and Work: Are Men Becoming the Second Sex? 119
7 IMS and Stress: Why Men Want to Get Away from It All 134
8 The Irritable Male Body: Genes, Brain, Biochemistry, and Hormones 150
Part 3 Help is Here
9 Dealing with Denial: What to Do When the Irritable Male Says, "I'm Not Irritable. It's You Who Has the Problem." 173
10 Strengthening the Body: Healing the Sprained Brain, Exercising and Eating for Health, and Restoring Hormonal Balance 192
11 Expanding the Mind: Emotional Longevity and the Pursuit of Happiness 212
12 Deepening the Spirit: Healing the Irritable Male Syndrome in Ourselves, Our Relationships, and Our World 230
Epilogue 253
Notes 255
Index 279
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2004

    'A Pioneering Breakthrough !' - Dr. Stephen Johnson P.h.D.

    'Through all the years that I have known Jed, I have admired the way he cares for people. I especially appreciate the depth and breadth of his concern for men¿s issues and his dedication to the expansion of men¿s self-awareness. His personal journey into previously unexplored areas of the human psyche can be likened to a pioneer crossing into new uncharted territory. Jed¿s books are on the cutting edge and his current book is no exception. I highly recommend it. If you want to make a positive difference in your own life or the life of someone you care about, read this book.' --Stephen Johnson, Ph.D., Executive Director of The Men¿s Center of Los Angeles and The Sacred Path Men¿s Community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2004

    Irritable Male Syndrome

    Jed Diamond has empathy for the male experience. He captures with clarity the biological, psychological, and interpersonal dynamics that contribute to irritable male syndrome and delivers practical solutions to men and their partners. I am impressed with his compassion, empathy, and practical solutions For men going through this difficult process. This is a hopeful book that offers psychological and spiritual wisdom to those men who are struggling with anger, depression, and the changing emotional realities of their lives. Fredric E. Rabinowitz, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, University of Redlands; President, Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, Co-author of Men and Depression: Clinical and Empirical Perspectives, Deepening Psychotherapy with Men, and Man Alive: A Primer of Men's Issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    Let boys remain boys

    More than any other book I know Jed Diamond¿s The Irritable Male Syndrome provides valuable insights and practical information for men, spouses, and parents of boys. He presents a straightforward look at male depression and its basis in childhood traumas including non-therapeutic circumcision, which harms the boy¿s penis and his psyche, leading to life-long anxiety and a profound loss of integrity. When society learns what Diamond is teaching, that boys are to be raised as men, not forcibly indoctrinated into manhood, we will all live better lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2004

    If you're concerned about your marriage Buy This Book

    I feel that without the support from this book I would not have made it through the past few months. Living with my husband's mood swings was hell. This book gave me things I could do to get through to him and things we could do together to get our marriage back on track. My husband and I are doing so much better now. I recommend this book to anyone who is living with an irritable male and wants to keep their marriage alive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2004

    Important new work

    I am impressed by the depth of understanding Jed has demonstrated in this fascinating new book. Not only is the book grounded in his clinical expertise, but his theories are backed up by sound empirical studies. He has a passion for the material and the facts to back it up. This is an important work that is sure to help a lot of people.

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