Thursday, June 7, 2007
Medical Reports: Moody Men
Women are known to get emotional, cranky and irritable at certain times of the month, but guys, listen up. Researchers say they are not alone. Tonight, seven's Diana Diaz tells us about Moody Man's Syndrome.
WSVN -- This might be a bit extreme, but some people would swear that men get just as moody as women sometimes.
Travis Dunn: "I become impatient when I'm moody. I want everything now and fast."
A perfect example, Adam Sandler's comedy hit, "Big Daddy."
MOVIE: "Shut up, now. Shut up. Let's go. I'm waiting on you."
Travis Dunn says he can relate.
He gets moody, especially after a long day at work.
Travis Dunn: "I'm a mortgage broker, so pretty much I deal with everybody else's stress all day long, so, when I get home, it's my chance to kind of let some of my stress out."
His wife feels it firsthand.
Thaysha Dutes-Dunn, wife: "You just look at him, and, OK, you know, just give him a few seconds, and he'll be back to normal."
Taking care of their baby boys at night also adds tension.
Thaysha Dutes-Dunn: "Travis will get up, change the diaper, and put him back to sleep, read a book until he goes back to sleep."
Now, what Travis doesn't know is that he may have a condition doctors call Irritable Male Syndrome.
Dr. Eva Ritvo, psychiatrist at University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine: "As men get older and their testosterone drops, often times they show behavior changes, like increased irritability."
It is similar to when women have hormone changes, when they go through post menopausal syndrome.
A drop in testosterone affects some men's temperament.
Dr. Eva Ritvo: "What we see are short temperedness, irritability, lost of interest in certain things that they used to enjoy, including sex sometimes."
It also affects everyone around them.
Dr. Eva Ritvo: "It can be very difficult on wives, significant others or in the work place, so men need to take responsibility, if they are not feeling well, to go to a doctor, find out what's happening."
Travis decided to find out if he had the syndrome. He took an online quiz.
His results: He may have a mild case.
Doctors say for mild cases, some simple things can help.
Dr. Eva Ritvo: "Try to figure out a way to reduce their stress, and we certainly know that exercise and diet help with overall well being."
Travis has found out that working out is the ticket.
Travis Dunn: "I try to work out in the morning, before I get my day started, to kind of relax myself a little."
Diana Diaz: "If you think you may have the irritable male syndrome, a simple testosterone test will let you know."FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dr. Eva Ritvo
U.M. Miller School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry
1695 NW 9th Ave.
The Irritable Male Syndrome Quiz