Irritable
Male
Syndrome
 

The Irritable Male Syndrome: Take the Test The IMS Questionnaire


The Irritable Male Syndrome manifests itself through a number of feelings that can help us recognize where it is present in us or in someone we care about. The following questionnaire will help you assess IMS and the degree of seriousness. Everyone is irritable from time to time. Life is inherently stressful and there are inevitably things that bother us. What we want to know, though, is how irritable are we? Is our irritability excessive? Has it become entrenched? Does it seem to be getting worse? Is it causing problems for me or in my relationship with my family, friends, or community?

We don’t have a precise instrument to measure IMS. We can’t read your level of irritability like we can your blood pressure (though excessive irritability can lead to high blood pressure and other stress-related illnesses). Like so much in the psychological sciences we can only understand IMS by asking you questions and helping you reflect on what the answers mean in your own life. Let the score be a guide, not an absolute indicator that there is a problem or not a problem.

The IMS Questionnaire

In the last month reflect on how often you feel the following:

Not at All
Sometimes
Frequently
Most of the Time

Angry

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Impatient

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Blaming

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Dissatisfied

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Moody

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Fearful

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Discontented

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Hypersensitive

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Exhausted

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Grumpy

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Easily Upset

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Bored

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Aggressive

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Unloved

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Unappreciated

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Tense

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Touchy

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Tired

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Unloving

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Lonely

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Hostile

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Overwhelmed

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Destructive

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Demanding

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Depressed

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Frustrated

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Withdrawn

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Mean

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Sad

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Scared

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Numb

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Explosive

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Defensive

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Denies problems

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Critical

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Troubled

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A desire to overeat

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A desire to drink or use drugs

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A need to withdraw behind T.V. Newspapers, or Computer

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A desire for increased time at work

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A need to sleep more or have trouble with sleep

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Impulsive

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Worried

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Less intimacy

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A pull to argue and fight

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Sarcastic

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Jealous

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Stressed

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Uncompassionate

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Uncommunicative

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Please don’t use the questionnaire to prove to someone that you don’t have a problem. Even if you don’t score in the range, if your behavior is a causing stress in your family, take it seriously. On the other hand, don’t use the questionnaire to prove someone else has a problem because they scored “high” on the test. For each feeling noted, check whether it is true of you (or the person you are rating) not at all or rarely (score 0), sometime (score 1), frequently (score 2), or most of the time (score 3). Thus the score can range from 0 to 150.

With that in mind, I have found the following scores to be worth considering. They are based on my own clinical experience with people I rated and who then took the questionnaire. The scores are also based on the 9,453 people who took the Irritable Male Syndrome and Male Depression Questionnaires on the Men’s Health Website:

0-25: None or few signs of IMS.
26-49: Some indications of IMS. May need help or watchful waiting to see if things improve or get worse.
50-75: IMS is likely and it is advisable to seek help.
76 and higher: IMS is definitely present and getting help is most important.

©2010 Jed Diamond

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Jed Diamond is the internationally best-selling author of seven books including Male Menopause, now translated into 17 foreign languages and his latest book, The Irritable Male Syndrome: Managing. The 4 Key Causes of Depression and Aggression. For over 38 years he has been a leader in the field of men's health. He is a member of the International Scientific Board of the World Congress on Men’s Health and has been on the Board of Advisors of the Men’s Health Network since its founding in 1992. His work has been featured in major newspapers throughout the United States including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. He has been featured on more than 1,000 radio and T.V. programs including The View with Barbara Walters, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, CBS, NBC, and Fox News, To Tell the Truth, Extra, Leeza, Geraldo, and Joan Rivers. He also did a nationally televised special on Male Menopause for PBS. He looks forward to your feedback. E-Mail. You can visit his website at www.menalive.com



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