In a Shrink Rap Radio interview, Jed Diamond, Ph.D. talks about his book The Irritable Male Syndrome: Understanding and Managing the 4 Key Causes of Depression and Aggression. Here is an excerpt from the transcript:
We used to think that male menopause was metaphorical… a midlife crisis like what women go through. But these hormonally based changes that affect our psychological state, our emotional state, our sexuality really is similar enough to what I think women go through that the term has caught on, and it really has been recognized now throughout the world.
I define Irritable Male Syndrome as a state of hypersensitivity, anxiety, frustration, and anger that occurs in males and is associated with biochemical changes, hormonal fluctuations, stress, and loss of male identity. … We found that depression and irritability are related.