Mid-Life (Symptoms)

Small, nagging doubts may appear, encouraging a series of dramatic, seemingly irrational events and ultimately great change. A person experiencing midlife symptoms will ask: Is this all there is? Am I a failure? Symptoms and behaviors during midlife crisis can range from mild to severe, including:

  • Boredom and exhaustion, or frantic energy
  • Self-questioning
  • Daydreaming
  • Irritability, unexpected anger
  • Acting on alcohol, drug, food or other compulsions
  • Greatly decreased or increased sexual desire
  • Sexual affairs, especially with someone much younger
  • Greatly decreased or increased ambition
Mid-Life. Last reviewed 12/31/1969
  • Death and the Mid-life Crisis
  • Psychological Types (Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 6)
  • MBTI Manual (A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator)
  • Handbook of Midlife Development
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
  • Stress, coping, and health at midlife: a developmental perspective