How to Survive Male Hormones:7 Surprising Truths
Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a marriage and family counselor for the last 45years. He is the author of 9 books, including
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Male Menopause, The Irritable Male Syndrome,
Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the Irritable Male Syndrome
This is Chapter 10, from Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the IrritableMale Syndrome. Read the full book on Scribd at:
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.Chapter 10: Can Hormonal Changes Cause Him to Become More Irritable?
Dear Dr. Jed,I love a wonderful man that for no “real” reason left after our being together for several years. He just fits the image you write about so perfectly. At forty-three years of age, he did a total turn around, becoming selfish, angry, forgetful,and indecisive. He says he still cares about me, but needs to find himself. Theworst part is that he does not have any interest in women, not even me. He won’t see a doctor. He says that nothing is wrong with him. To me he’s acting “hormonal.” Could that be part of the problem?
Although many people associate being “hormonal” with being female, thetruth is that male hormonal changes are every bit as real and can be astroublesome as any changes that women experience. It's time we broke thesilence and began talking about the fact that men, too, undergo hormonalchanges throughout their lives. Here are some important things about hormonesthat you need to know:1. Hormones are critical for health.Hormones are one of the body's great communication networks (the othersare the nervous and immune systems). A hormone molecule, released by one of about a dozen glands, travels through the blood until it reaches a cell with areceptor that it fits. Then, like a key in a lock, the molecule attaches to thereceptor and sends a signal inside the cell. The signal may tell the cell to producea certain protein or to multiply.