I remember reading a long time ago, teenagers and mid-life is essentially the same thing. It's simply a transition. This made sense to me. No longer a child-not yet an adult. No longer a young adult-not yet senior citizen. Transitional. Hormonal changes are involved in both transitions as well.
According to WebMD:
Occurrence. For individuals the condition is most common from the ages of 45 through 60 and the average age at onset of a self-described midlife crisis was 45. Mid-life crises last about 3–10 years in men and 2–5 years in women.
The term crisis often doesn't fit, mental health experts say, because while it can be accompanied by serious depression, it can also mark a period of tremendous growth. The trick, of course, is to realize when the transition is developing into depression so you can get help.
but what about this mid-life thingy.....
"It was never a formal diagnostic category," he says of the term midlife crisis. And the age at which midlife crisis strikes can vary, he says. When midlife occurs depends on whom you ask and partly on such factors as how long they expect to live.
For many people, the life structure involves mainly family and work, but it can also include religion and economic status, for instance. According to his theory, the midlife transition is simply another, normal transition to another stage of life.
Men might gauge their worth by their job performance, he says. They may want to look successful, for instance, even though their achievements don't measure up as they had hoped.
I don't know what is true for anyone else. I only know what's true for me.
And it seems it isn't always easy to understand when our interference is simply that, interference vs the help and advocacy we sometimes think it is.
"Men may get more in touch with their feminine side," Jones says. That could mean taking up cooking or art or volunteering with children.
So far, Mid-life is pretty darn good