We have all heard jokes based on the affects of the female hormone cycle on women’s behavior. Yet women know these symptoms are not always a laughing matter. Jed Diamond, a licensed psychotherapist who has worked with men’s health issues for thirty-five years, is concerned about the decline in men’s health. He began to recognize constellations of symptoms in his male clients that led him to suspect this pattern of physical, behavioral and emotional disorders might be hormonally related. Later research supported his clinical observations and led to the recognition of what he calls, Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS). Diamond says, “We’ve only recently come to recognize that men also have a hormonal based change of life that affects all other aspects of our lives – psychology, interpersonal relationships, sexuality, and spirituality.” Diamond describes the importance of raising male children to become strong healthy men in a way in which they again feel connected to the earth, to the spiritual world, to themselves and to their important roles in society as men, and how that will benefit the individuals, society and the planet.
Jed Diamond, Ph.D., is 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.
He’s the author of:
- The Irritable Male Syndrome: Understanding and Managing the 4 Key Causes of Depression and Aggression (Rodale Press 2004)
- Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the Irritable Male Syndrome (Numina Press 2010)
- MenAlive: Stop Killer Stress with Simple Energy Healing Tools (Fifth Wave Press 2012)
To learn more about the work of Dr. Jed Diamond go to www.menalive.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- How you can lengthen your life
- What four symptoms make up Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS)
- What accounts for the four times higher suicide rate of men from age 25 to 65 over women
- What three things are required for men over fifty to maintain good health
- How the absence of defined male initiation rituals negatively affects men and our society
Program Number: 3184 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 3/16/2007