causes: causes A midlife crisis could be caused by aging itself, or aging in combination with changes, problems, or regrets over: work spousal relationships maturation of children aging or death of parents physical changes associated with aging emotional: emotional Irritability(bad temper) search of an undefined dream or goal a deep sense of remorse for goals not accomplished desire to achieve a feeling of youthfulness need to spend more time alone or with certain peers Depression, characterized by low moods and feelings of sadness and lethargy physical: physical Loss of libido (sex drive ) Fatigue Stiffness in the muscles and joints Night sweats Dry skin Hair loss Weight gain A loss of ability to recover quickly from injuries PowerPoint Presentation: Erik Erikson held that in life's seventh stage, middle adulthood, people struggle to find new meaning and purpose to their lives; their questioning, he believed, could lead to what we now call a midlife crisis PowerPoint Presentation: Your score is: 5 (on the scale from 0 to 10) Social Self |=====>.....|.....<=====| True Self First, the good news: you are not alone! Most other people end up in the same category as you are, and you have a pretty good company here. Now, let's face the truth. You are experiencing what is typically called midlife crisis . You are not completely satisfied with the kind of life you have at the moment. You may have a great job, but what originally seemed to be exciting work experience, now seems more and more like an annoying routine. You may be stuck without promotions for longer than you think you deserve, or you may be getting promotions, but more responsibilities only add to already too much stress . PowerPoint Presentation: You may have many friends, or a few very good friends, but you might have trouble finding enough time to be with them, or to even call them occasionally. You may be wishing to spend more time in the gym, or outdoors, or have other physical activity, but it is hard to keep it going. You might be nurturing a wild hope to resume your favorite hobby, "when you get more time." However, "more time" doesn't seem to appear any time soon. You probably feel that you are wearing off, and a thought that this may continue for a few more years without much change is really daunting.