#165 – Irritable Male Syndrome with Jed Diamond, PhD

photo of Dr. Jed Diamond


Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a licensed psychotherapist for over 43 years and is the author of seven books including the international best-selling Male Menopause and Surviving Male Menopause that has thus far been translated into 32 foreign languages and the recently released The Irritable Male Syndrome: Understanding and Managing the 4 Key Causes of Depression and Aggression, which is also developing a world-wide readership. Click here to go to his online community.

Jed is Director of the MenAlive, a health program that helps men live long and well. Though focused on men’s health, MenAlive is also for women who care about the health of the men in their lives. Since its inception in 1992, Jed has been on the Board of Advisors of the Men’s Health Network. He is also a member of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male and serves as a member of the International Scientific Board of the World Congress on Men’s Health.

He has also written numerous booklets, e-booklets, audio, and video programs. He has taught classes at U.C. Berkeley, U.C.L.A., J.F.K. University, Esalen Institute, The Omega Institute, and other centers of education throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

His PhD dissertation, Gender and Depression, broke new ground in creating a better evaluation system for diagnosing and treating depression in men and women.

He lives with his wife, Carlin, on Shimmins Ridge, above Bloody Run Creek, in Northern California. They are proud parents of five grown children and eleven grandchildren.

A psychology podcast by David Van Nuys, Ph.D.



  1. Susan
    Posted July 27, 2008 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Rock on, Dr. Diamond! It’s about time that someone acknowledged how psychological and physiological stressors come to bear on the male psyche, particularly at certain key times in life. The men in our lives have become well-informed on how similar stressors affect us; it’s incumbent on us, now, to do the same for them.

    A great interview, Dr. Dave!

  2. Jed Diamond
    Posted July 28, 2008 at 8:28 am | Permalink


    Thanks for all your comments. You obviously understand and care about men. I think most women do, but most do not understand that the four key causes of IMS:

    1. Hormonal fluctuations.
    2. Changes in brain chemistry.
    3. Increasing stress.
    4. Loss of male identity and increasing role confusion.

    The good news is that we now understand these issues more fully and there is help available.

    If people have questions or comments they can reach me at Jed@MenAlive.com

  3. Posted July 29, 2008 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Check, Check, Check, Check, Hmm… So, that’s what’s going on.

  4. Posted July 30, 2008 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    The idea of getting strongly overwhelmed by emotions and not even knowing it reminds me of the trait of high sensitivity, and that there is so much social pressure for men to “suck it up” and not exhibit sensitive reactions. Maybe we learn early on to suppress.

  5. Kathe
    Posted August 21, 2008 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    I have to thank both Dr Dave and Dr. Diamond for this interview. It showed up in iTunes the same week my husband came home from a long business training session and ERUPTED on us… I’m grateful for the synchronicity.

    We got the book from the library, then bought it. We’ve both been crying a lot (about once a page for me!), and nodding, and actually talking for the first time in a while.

    There’s still a lot of work ahead of us, but we both feel more hopeful than we have in a long time.

  6. Jed Diamond
    Posted August 22, 2008 at 6:58 am | Permalink


    Glad the information was helpful. You and other listeners are welcome to go to my website at http://www.MenAlive.com and sign up for a copy of my FREE e-newsletter with updated information on irritable male syndrome, male menopause, and male-type depression.

  7. Hande
    Posted September 1, 2008 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Dear Dr Dave,

    Tonight, I listened to your interviews with Jed Diamond, Arny and Amy Mindell, and Arthur Warmorth. People from different disciplines, however working for common purposes; fairness, justice, equality, and peace! I wish they can all come together and collaborate. I am a ph.d. candidate in economics. It has been taking me forever to finish my thesis. Listening to each one of them makes me more comfortable and confident with what I am trying to do in my project, ph.d. thesis, which is only a beginning. I am a true believer of multidisciplinary work.
    I did know Mindell’s work before since I have been seeing a psychotherapist who uses process work.
    Do you think Jed Diamond elaborates on patriarchy, hierarchy and class issues in his book? I guess I should check out his book at the library or online. I will recommend his book to all my friends.
    Arthur Warmorth is amazing, he would be interested in feminist economics (which I specialized in). Needless to say, there are different shades of feminist economists.
    Thank you all!!! And thanks a million to Dave for doing this incredible free public service!

  8. Jed Diamond
    Posted September 2, 2008 at 7:35 am | Permalink


    Thanks for your comments and good luck with your work. I cover a lot of the areas you ask about in my various books.

    It definitely is a blessing to collaborate with so many good people doing such good work in the world.

  9. RIch
    Posted August 5, 2015 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    I think my wife has IMS. I’ve been with her for three decades and have never seen her cry. Of course, this could be the pot calling the kettle black, but the kettle is pretty black.
    Maybe you could forward this to Mr. Diamond, I’ll bet he see’s women with the same symptoms once in a while.

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