Today, we’re going to talk about all things midlife crisis and how you can help your partner if they’re stuck in one!
You’re in the right place if you want to know:
- Are they real?
- How do I know they’re not just depressed?
- What do I do?
- A midlife crisis is generally noted as something that happens between ages 45-55 and it’s a time when people wake up and realize that their lives are about halfway over. Yup – death isn’t just something that’s going to happen to someone else. It’s going to happen to me too!
- Not everyone has a crisis – in fact, most don’t! Most people say a midlife crisis was actually brought on by a major event, not their age. We’re talking about things like a death of someone close like a parent or sibling, a divorce, a health problem, getting fired or laid off from a job, or moving to a new place.
- Is it a Midlife Crisis or are They Depressed? Some people experience depression during their mid-life years and, instead of calling it depression, it’s labeled a midlife crisis. It’s important to get help with knowing the difference.
- The Midlife Crisis is a Normal Stage in Life: What if, instead of calling it a midlife crisis, we started calling it a midlife transition? Yale psychologist, Daniel Levinson, was kind of the king when it comes to adult development theory and he says that all adults go through a series of stages as they age and that this midlife transition is one of them. Just another transition to another stage of life.
How do You Know if They’re Having One?
- Apathy is one of the most common signs
- Resentment and Blame
- The Future Doesn’t Look Good
- Making Impulsive or Reckless Decisions
- Consistent Boredom or Restlessness
- Questioning Everything
What Should I Do?
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