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Understanding Irritable Male Syndrome

By Randi Morse

Have you ever heard of Irritable Male Syndrome? Irritable Male Syndrome, or IMS, is a condition that occurs when adult men start to experience the withdrawal of testosterone. This health condition can create difficult moods for the man who experiences it, causing a state of hypersensitivity, anxiety, and anger. 

Four Common Symptoms

There are four common symptoms of IMS. Hypersensitivity, anxiety, frustration, and anger. Men experiencing hypersensitivity often get emotional over little things and feel like everyone is trying to irritate them. This, of course, is not the truth, but perception is thrown off with IMS. Anxiety and frustration go hand-in-hand with IMS, as does anger. 

It's No One's Fault

It's important to remember that IMS is no one's fault. IMS is a medical condition. Partners of men going through IMS often have a difficult time, thinking that their significant other has become angry for no reason, or that they've done something to cause their loved one to act angry. But IMS is a downward spiral that has a medical reason behind it, so it's no one's fault.

Partner Problems

Men who experience IMS often have problems with their partners. They get angry or hypersensitive and can indirectly cause fighting. It's important for men who think they might have IMS to speak with a clinical professional as there are treatment options that can help alleviate the condition. Couples who are dealing with IMS together may find that couples therapy is a good option for them, as it can help the partner understand what is going on and the male understand that this condition is hijacking his emotions.

Treatment Options for IMS

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one way to help beat back the symptoms of IMS. Eating healthy and limiting foods that have high sugar and fat content can benefit IMS. Some men opt to have injections of synthetic testosterone in order to help the declining hormone levels, while others find that mental health treatment is the best option.

If you find that you're getting grumpier as you get older, the problem may be IMS. It's a condition that isn't widely talked about, so many men don't even know it exists. Don't be ashamed to reach out for help. Speak with your medical professional or a mental health therapist about your concerns, they will be able to help you determine if your problems stem from IMS.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rialto, Calif.

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