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How to deal with the crisis of middle age

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The crisis of middle age as a transitional period provides an opportunity for personal growth, but without sufficient support from the environment in this sensitive period, it can also end in depression.

What is the famous midlife crisis anyway? This phase of life is most often the subject of jokes and mocking remarks about how men in that crisis period acquire a red sports car and hunt younger women. Such an approach to the midlife crisis has reigned for a long time. Today, experts are trying to describe this phase of life as a transitional period, not as a crisis.

The midlife crisis does not exist as a formal diagnostic category. Also, the years when people enter this crisis vary from person to person. On average, a midlife crisis can occur between the ages of 37 and 50. In many cases, the trigger for a crisis is the death of the parents.

The crisis of middle age can occur in both sexes, but it manifests itself in different ways. Men in that period have a greater need to prove themselves, they want to present themselves successfully and they want others to think about them as well.

Women in that period value and value relationships with other people more, even when it comes to women than careers. During this period, they try to evaluate themselves as a wife, mother or even both.

In any case, the crisis of middle age is the most normal phase in the life of every person. According to a prominent Yale psychologist, Daniel Levinson, the life of each individual consists of a series of phases and transitions between those life phases. In this context, the midlife crisis should be seen as just one in a series of life changes.

The only difference is that in that period we have a need to redefine and think well about our goals and priorities. Those old dreams and unfulfilled desires and the need to be fulfilled in one way or another are coming back. Due to the complexity of life and certain roles that each of us carries, such needs (although not necessarily bad) can bring a gift into everyday life.

However, the great changes implied by the crisis of middle age can go in two directions: they provide an opportunity for personal growth, but without sufficient support from the environment, especially those closest to them, they can also end in the development of depression.

That is why middle-aged people in particular need to be aware of the symptoms of depression in order to seek help in time.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Changes in eating habits.
  • Fatigue and insomnia.
  • Pessimistic mood, hopelessness.
  • Anxiety and increased sensitivity.
  • Feelings of guilt, helplessness and worthlessness.
  • Loss of interest in activities that used to fulfill you.
  • The thought of suicide.
  • Conditions and pains such as headache or heartburn that do not respond to medical help.

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