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How to recognize and cope with depression during the midlife crisis

Posted Nov 04 2012 3:26am

Are you or someone close to you going through a midlife crisis?  Well, here are some ideas on how to treat the depression associated with this sometimes difficult to cope with transitional period.  People, who are affected by the midlife crisis, may feel one or more of the following:

·         Overall unhappiness with life and the lifestyle, which previously used to be satisfactory and happy.

·         Feeling like quitting a good job, diving into something completely new, feeling adventurous.

·         Overall uncertainty about the purpose of life and which direction it is going.

·         Suddenly feeling angry and bitter, with no reason at all.

·         Finding life and old hobbies dull.

·         Impulsive interest in buying a sports car, and electric guitar or go bungee jumping for example.

·         Boost in vanity and desire to get into better shape, change of hair and dress style.

·         Desire to run away from the usual life and chores, feeling trapped by debts and other financial burdens.

·         Feeling regret for “missed opportunities” and unachieved goals.

·         Looking for a new younger partner or friends to hang out with.

These may sound as clichés, but in actuality it is what tends to happen both to men and women somewhere in between 30-60 years.

These are just of the more popular signs that you maybe going through this transitional period of your life, when the hormonal balance tends to shift. To get the maximum benefit of the midlife transition, and to avoid falling into the depression pit, the person going through the midlife crisis needs to realize that this is just another of those phases in life, which he or she is given a change to rethink and hopefully choose a better path and lifestyle.

In many cases depression is mistaken for a midlife crisis. Some of the symptoms you may be suffering from depression rather than a midlife transition are:

·         Extreme change in sleeping pattern and diet.

·         Feeling fatigue and a general tiredness at all times.

·         Unexplainable anger and irritability.

·         Feelings of guilt, despair, insignificance and having suicidal thoughts or making suicide attempts.

·         A desire to drink and do drugs, and increased abuse.

·         Doing unusual things which could get you into trouble.

The best advice for avoiding falling into true depression and risk making wrong decisions during the midlife crisis, is to turn it into a midlife transition instead. Firstly, try to accept and admit to yourself that you are going through a life transition, and focus on making the best out of it.  Try to “transit” to a better lifestyle and life as a whole. You may even be able to find new meanings for your life.

Other advice to make midlife transition less depressing, is to take better care of yourself, turn that cell phone off when you come home, try exercising or spending more time among natural settings, rather than stressing on work or any other source of stress you may have.

Try to eat healthy and get that sleep you need and have been skipping on through the years. Try to let go of any past regrets and missed opportunities by sharing with friends and family, and by being more optimistic and looking to a better future ahead of you.

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