Is That Mid-Life Crisis Due to Depression?
Posted: March 31, 2015
The stereotype has been played out countless times in movies and TV dramas: A man reaches his 40s or 50s — aka “middle age” — and a switch gets flipped. He is dissatisfied with his marriage, career, and life in general, so he begins to exhibit exotic and unexplained behaviors. He quits his job suddenly, he has a series of flings, and he buys an expensive sports car when he can’t really afford it.
Men going through this often admit to feeling inadequate, depressed, or just plain unhappy. And they think the only way out of it is through drastic, albeit impulsive, action.
Dan Jones, Ph.D., director of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, is a research expert in adult development and transitions. He cautions that just because someone has a new interest or changes his mind doesn’t mean a crisis is about to occur.
However, he has noticed some behaviors that are common among middle-aged men, which can signal the onset of depression:
Changes in eating habits
Changes in sleeping habits, general fatigue
Feelings of pessimism or hopelessness
Restlessness, anxiety, or irritability
Feeling of guilt, helplessness, or worthlessness
Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex and hobbies
One physiological factor men deal with during this time is a decline in testosterone production. After age 30, a man’s testosterone production begins to slow down. By the time he is in his 40s, up to 10 percent or more of his usual amount of testosterone has vanished. With low testosterone comes the alterations in mood, outlook, and personality that can lead to rash or eccentric decisions.
Don’t wait for things to change or magically “get better.” If you or someone you know has concerns, you can get help at Low T Center. We can determine if you are a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy on your first visit.
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