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Moody Male Syndrome (MMS)

Updated on October 10, 2017

Men Have Mood Swings

I'd like to start by saying I am not writing this because I am female, think one sex is better than the other, nor am I out to get men. What initiated the idea to write about this topic was that I noticed my spouse getting easily irritated on a monthly basis. After talking to my friends it seems that all men have mood swings at one time or another during every month. There was a common pattern here and I had to know if there was a reason or connection to all this moodiness. Thus, I decided to do a little research and my findings were surprisingly enlightening.


Science Behind the Theory

Such a syndrome actually exists! Dr. Gerald Lincoln discovered this syndrome while observing male animals in the early 2000s and gave it the name "Irritable Male Syndrome." Jed Diamond, psychotherapists, brought more light to this discovery when he wrote the book "The Irritable Male Syndrome," based on research he did on 10,000 men. He found that just as women get bothered from stress, chemical changes in their bodies, and hormonal adjustments, men also get moody. This actually makes a lot of sense, why wouldn't men react the same as women? However, a lot of people believe that women just get moody from their "monthly cycles." What I came to find out is that men also have hormonal cycles that their body goes through, from a daily, weekly, to monthly basis. During these times, and from other possible causes, the men are easily aggravated, seem to be detached, or even sometimes are violent. It is actually considered a very serious condition amongst some doctors, psychologists, and therapists because if left untreated the man can suffer from deep depression.

What Causes Men to Have Mood Swings?

There are many factors that can cause moodiness, but here is a list that I have compiled after doing some investigating into this topic:

  1. Hormonal Changes/Imbalance
  2. Stress from work, home, etc.
  3. Chemical changes in the brain and body.
  4. A sense of no longer knowing oneself.
  5. Weight Changes
  6. Eating habits or disorders.
  7. Insufficient amount of sleep.

Curing the Irritability

Irritable Male Syndrome is actually treated very similarly to depression and/or premenstrual syndrome, in which case you want to make sure that if you are a man, or have a man in your life, that you are (or he is) eating right, expressing feelings instead of keeping them locked up inside, trying not to take anything that may affect the chemicals in the brain or body, getting enough sleep, and building self-esteem. It is essential that you do not keep feelings bottled up inside, that is when depression can actually set in. In addition, make sure you can eliminate as much unneeded stress as possible from your life.

From a woman's point of view on how to help, show that moody man that you care and try to help relieve some stress. Help him feel good about who he is and let him know you are happy to be with him. If you find that he is falling into depression, get professional help as soon as possible. However, not everything can be cured or prevented and sometimes a man is going to be more irritable at one point than other because of reasons that no one can control. At that point, I suppose all I would recommend saying is, "I know what you are going through because women go through it too."


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Interview with Dr. Jed Diamond

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Not So Different After All?

Hopefully this Moody Man Syndrome analysis has shed some light on why men become easily irritable and to also make a point that they actually do on a regular basis. I know for me it definitely answered some questions and will help me relate to my husband a little better. It would seem that the sexes are not so different after all. Therefore, next time the man in your life wants to give you a hassle about your monthly mood swings, just tell him he has a mood cycle of his own and if he doesn't believe you just have him take a look at this lens.

Have you or anyone in your life been affected by IMS? Did you learn anything different or new from this article?

© 2012 Rymom28

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    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      2 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes, I agree men do have MMS.

      I have been married for 56 years, picked it up many years ago that men do have monthly moods even to the point of not speaking to you for nearly a whole week and then return to married life as if nothing has been wrong.

      I used to hate these moods and still do, my husband in his late seventies still has them, so ladies it doesn't go away, as they grow older, we just have to learn to accept them, I think this is a stage that many marriages break down.

      Merry Christmas to all reading this.

    • RonElFran profile image

      Ronald E Franklin 

      3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I'd be interested to see how most men react to the idea of MMS. I suspect there would be a lot of skepticism. And I'm pretty sure it's an idea most guys won't welcome - we like to think we're totally in control, and certainly not being influenced by hormonal cycles.

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      5 years ago

      Some eye opener. I'll definitely give this some more study. Thanks

    • selah74 profile image


      5 years ago

      I've heard tell of this theory occationally. I'm not sure what to think of it. Interesting lens anyway.

    • Rymom28 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Mamabyrd: Thank you, my husband gets bothered when I bring it up now that he has read the lens, but I kniw sometimes he has some moody moments even though he denies it. Thanks for reading!

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      5 years ago

      Great lens I think I will have the hubby read it.

    • Rymom28 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @Angel_Lou: Who knew?!? :)

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      6 years ago

      Men have mood swings?

    • Zebedee32 profile image


      6 years ago

      A Very interesting read.

    • Appollonia profile image


      6 years ago

      I've known about already. It's a great, informative lens. I'm sure it will be an eye opener to some.

    • Rymom28 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @ismeedee: Thank you!

    • Rymom28 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @JoshK47: I hope you found this to be helpful and thank you for the comment.

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      6 years ago

      I certainly have mood swings from time to time... often right after acting rashly in one way or another, I find myself wondering why I said or did something. Nicely done on this lens!

    • ismeedee profile image


      6 years ago

      EXCELLENT lens!!!


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