The term midlife crisis often brings up images of a person acting irrational, buying a new sports car, and leaving their married spouse for a wild dream or a new romance. These images aren’t very helpful in describing what is a very real transition in life. This is in fact a time in life when it is easy to be overcome by both emotional and mental duress. It is a period in our lifespan, the halfway point, when many of us start to reflect and judge ourselves based on where we are in life and where we imagined or expected ourselves to be in life. However, a midlife crisis can also be connected to hormonal and brain changes that happen with ageing.
Midlife crises are most commonly experienced by people aged 40 to 60, and lasts however long depending on how you cope with it. Some individuals respond negatively and are overcome with a realm of feelings that they never have experienced before. Others go through a positive and sometime-unanticipated growth and come out on the other side feeling stronger and more motivated.