Sudden personality change in a 54 year-old man
May 6, 2005 5:20 PM Subscribe
What would be the cause of a sudden and radical personality change in a 54 year old male?
posted by pandaharma to Health & Fitness (21 answers total)
An older friend of mine has recently undergone a nearly complete personality switch. He was a salt-of-the-earth kinda guy, extremely reliable, very attentive and loving to his wife, somewhat taciturn but definitely the sort of person you would want on your side. His relationship with his wife was solid and they never fought seriously or had any difficulty in the eight years they were together.
He recently had a vasectomy (his wife is quite a bit younger and they already have one daughter and didn't want another) and afterwards 'somewhat taciturn' has morphed into being 'completely unresponsive emotionally'. He has started fights with her, won't tell her how he feels beyond "I don't think I love you anymore", and has been competely emotionless about her deciding to take their daughter and move out for a while. He's even confessed to using other women for emotional support (there's no evidence of any affairs).
All of this happened almost immediately after the vasectomy and was a complete turnabout from his normal personality. Its not as if their marriage was slowly deteriorating. Everything was great and then one day it wasn't.
So my question is: what caused this? The main reason I ask is because I think, without any evidence to support this, that something physically happened to him (beyond the vasectomy, of course). He's a smoker with abnormally low blood pressure and often suffers from severe nosebleeds, but no other medical conditions that I know of. My original theory was that perhaps he had a small stroke with no physical problems but with the complete switch in personality. However, the research I've done online doesn't seem to indicate that this is the case.