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{January 15, 2013}   Irritable Male Syndrome?

No, I didn’t make this up! In fact, I had never heard of such a thing until I was taking a survey a little while ago and it asked if I had ever coped with or coped with someone who had this long list of ailments. One of them listed was Irritable Male Syndrome and I had a good laugh……but I looked it up and turns out it’s a real diagnosis! You learn something new everyday!

Irritable Male Syndrome is also known as Old Man Syndrome and is said to be caused by stress and rapid hormone changes that happen later in life. Symptoms are: Anger and social withdrawal, Irritability, Hypersensitivity, Anxiety, Hot Flashes, Mood Swings, Depression, Lack of Libido, and Back and Head Aches…..Is it JUST me or is this starting to sound like the male version of PMS?! I mean, I have heard women say that Men can act like women who are PMSing sometimes, but this is the first that I have seen a medical definition!

Some external factors that can cause a man’s testosterone to drop where he morphs into this IMS are certain medications, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption, illness, lack of sleep, lack of sex, stress or surgery…..OK, HOLD up, first of all, a MAN MUST have listed these factors! Lack of sex, huh??? Yea, sounds like an excuse to explain grumpiness there! :p

Second of all, sounds like this male version of PMS is practically caused by just about EVERYTHING! This IMS is starting to sound like Grumpy Male Syndrome! So what do YOU think? A man’s explanation for grumpiness that he can use 100% of the time when we women only get to use our PMS for what, 25-40% of the time? LOL

I really would like to hear opinions here! IMS…Real or Made up by Men the way they think we make up PMS? Honestly, me having a Bipolar Husband, a lot of the IMS symptoms are pretty much the same, so….is IMS really a form of Bipolar? Hmmm….I wonder!



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