Coping With "Irritable Male Syndrome" with Jed Diamond, Ph.D.

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Over time relationships go through many changes, but more than any other time, mid-life can put extra pressure on couples. There exists much information about menopause in women, but very little in menopause (or andropause) for men. Jed Diamond, Ph.D. is a specialist in "Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS)" and how it affects both men and their partners. He says this about the causes of IMS, "We found that there were, in fact, hormonal fluctuations that were going on with the men, as well as biochemical changes in brain chemistry which were often related to diet and ways in which serotonin levels and dopamine levels were shifting. The third thing we began to notice, is that there were increases in stress levels in the men beyond the normal stresses of life. And finally, we found that there were changes in male identity, and how men perceived themselves. There seemed to be confusion about what it really means to be a man as he gets older at this time in society." (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a licensed psychotherapist for over 40 years. He is an internationally respected leader in the men's health movement and is the author of many books. He offers counseling to men, women, and couples in his office in Northern California or by phone with people throughout the U.S. and around the world.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is Irritable Male Syndrome and what are its primary causes
  • How do women and men act out differently when experiencing emotional pain
  • Why lower levels of testosterone cause irritability in men
  • Why men feel shame when losing a job, even when it is not their fault
  • How men and women react differently to depression
  • What women can do, if they are living with a man who is expressing irritable male syndrome
Host: Justine Willis Toms     Interview Date: 7/16/2010      Program Number: 3368