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09-22-2005, 02:37 PM
Psychotherapist Jed Diamond says excessive moodiness can be caused by something called irritable male syndrome. Now he’s trying to convince skeptics that the condition is real—and treatable.

How Cranky Are You?
Take this quiz to find out if you or your spouse have Irritable Male Syndrome. After you’ve responded to all the questions, hit “submit” to get your score.

By Jennifer Barrett
Updated: 11:55 a.m. ET Aug. 17, 2005
Aug. 16, 2005 - Millions of lines have been written about how women’s hormonal changes can cause mood swings. But what about when men get irritable and withdrawn? Psychotherapist Jed Diamond believes they could be suffering from irritable male syndrome, a condition he says is affecting a growing number of men. No, it’s not a joke. The IMS term was coined by a Scottish researcher who found that rams became irritable, withdrawn and irrational when their testosterone levels plummeted. After visiting Scotland and reviewing the research, Diamond, author of the best-selling 1997 book “Male Menopause” (Sourcebooks), thought the syndrome might apply to humans as well. He analyzed data collected from more than 6,000 men and found that about half said they were stressed, gloomy or negative most or all of the time.

A total of 40 percent of the overall survey said they were often or always irritable. Many of those who reported feeling the negative emotions, he discovered, were also experiencing certain hormonal fluctuations—namely, a drop in testosterone—as well as changes in brain chemistry, increased stress and a loss of male identity. Diamond’s research developed into a quiz and a book, “The Irritable Male Syndrome,” which Rodale Press will release in paperback next month.

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09-22-2005, 02:44 PM
Your score is: 80
76-100. Indicates that IMS is definitely present and it is advisable that you seek help right away.


09-22-2005, 02:48 PM

09-22-2005, 04:28 PM
My someday-to-be ex got an 82 (I took the test for him and was generous - he'd never be honest in his responses:p ).

I wonder which attributes he and Bard share? :o

*I* took the test and got a 50, and the results told me IMS was "imminent."


*stoopid test*

09-22-2005, 05:48 PM
*waves to Stinky*

Hubby got a 26 (I took it for him, and tried to be as honest as I could).

I'm NOT taking it for me -- no way I need to find out that HE doesn't have IMS, but I DO!!!


Lyn Is Snide
09-22-2005, 06:33 PM
Your score is: 80
76-100. Indicates that IMS is definitely present and it is advisable that you seek help right away.


This is shocking!

:rofl :laugh

09-22-2005, 08:08 PM

Yes, well, a big yuck yuck, and hardy har back at ya there sister.

I'm pleased my honesty and humility, in reporting my true score, could serve as such a launchingpad of comedic relief for you.


09-23-2005, 06:45 AM
If it's any consolation Bard, you kicked my ass in this test. I wasn't going to tell you, especially knowing how your head swells when you receive good news, but you win the miserable contest hands down. My results....

Your score is: 74
50-75. Indicates that IMS is likely and we suggest you seek help.

I tip my hat to you, it wasn't even close. I'm embarrassed by my poor showing. You sir, are the king of Irritation. :(