Midlife crisis can be triggered by the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job or a significant change in lifestyle. It can also be caused by childhood trauma that was never properly dealt with.
Whether the negative feelings you have are due to external or internal issues, if you lack understanding of the process you may find yourself making irrational decisions you will later regret. Decisions such as leaving a job, divorcing your spouse and throwing away the security that you have built up during the first part of your life.
Talk to your spouse, a close friend, your religious leader, family doctor or a therapist before you act on your feelings. Doing so may save you and those you love a lot of emotional pain.
Common Symptoms of Midlife Crisis:
- Unhappiness with life and the lifestyle that may have provided you with happiness for many years.
- Boredom with people and things that may have been of interest to you before.
- Feeling a need for adventure and change.
- Questioning the choices, you have made in your life and the validity of decisions you made years before.
- Confusion about who you are and where you are going.
- Anger at your spouse and feeling tied down.
- Unable to make decisions about where you want to go with your life.
- Doubt that you ever loved your spouse and resentment over the marriage.
- A desire for a new and passionate, intimate relationship.