Male Midlife Crisis Symptoms

If you're experiencing classic male midlife crisis symptoms, you may feel a little uneasy about your emotional state. Are you having a midlife crisis? If so, what should you do about it?

Origins of a Male Midlife Crisis
Therapists disagree on the idea of a male midlife crisis. Some therapists believe such a mental state is brought on by psychological factors, namely the realization of one's mortality or that dreams of an idyllic life might never come to fruition. Other therapists believe midlife crises are brought on by physical factors, such as the fact that your body is aging and is producing less testosterone. Still others assert that male midlife crisis is a complete myth.

No matter what therapists say, you may be experiencing a change in life or perspective such that you are wondering if you've made the right choices. Perhaps you are a runner who has just had his first major injury, which leaves you mourning the loss of your athletic prowess. Maybe you've just gone through a divorce or engaged in an affair and are questioning your romantic choices. You may have just lost a job or are unsatisfied with your line of work and are now questioning your career choices. These issues may lead to feel like you are having a midlife crisis.

Symptoms
Classic midlife crisis symptoms include:

  • Moodiness
  • Depression
  • Lower sex drive
  • Exhaustion
  • Inability to sleep well
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • A desire to change life up, do something radically different
  • Urges to spend money or live it up
  • Thoughts about quitting your job, ending a relationship or tackling the world before you get too old to experience specific challenges

While you may see these symptoms as negative, you can take these symptoms and find ways to use them to help you live a better, fuller life. You may learn to express your feelings and confide in a friend about your mood swings. You can learn to go easy on yourself when you're feeling blue. Try to focus on the loving side of your physical relationship with your partner instead of focusing on sexual fulfillment. Practice self acceptance as you acknowledge body changes that discourage you, or grasp onto the motivation to exercise more and eat better. Evaluate your job and relationships to see how you can make these aspects of your life more satisfying. Perhaps you will be the man who takes your midlife crisis symptoms and turns them into motivation for richer, better living.

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