changes in life

Losing direction in life during your 50s

by The Anti Depression Team on

Experiencing some changes in life that makes you feel less wonderful as you grow old? You might be at risk of depression then!

Depressed at mid-life

Midlife is usually defined as the ages between forty and sixty. This is usually marked by many changes, including physical changes and changes in lifestyle and career. This would include deaths, ending of jobs, boredom with current lifestyles and so-on. Although this is a natural maturation process, people have varying reactions towards this. Though some may feel that midlife is truly the best time of their lives, some may get depressed, viewing it as a decline in their life.

Midlife for women is marked clearly by physical changes such as menopause, and usually starts earlier as compared to men. Majority of women go through menopause between forty-five and fifty-four, marking the end of their fertility.

This would then prompt some women to genuinely feel depressed due to the decline in fertility and thus, by extension, the peaking of their lives. Recent studies have also shown that menopausal women have a greater tendency to be depressed due to great hormonal change sparked by menopause.

Men do not have any great indicator to mark their transition into midlife like women. However, they still get depressed and experience what is popularly known as ‘midlife crisis’. This is due to ageing and the fear of losing youth. This is backed up by the physical changes that are present, such as the loss of strength and sexual prowess in their late 40s and 50s. Men can also get depressed when they realize that their hopes and dreams were unable to be achieved and they were instead relegated to a lifestyle that is not ideal to them.

Although midlife is a time where many are at a higher risk of being depressed, there is no form of depression that is specifically present at this stage of life. Some changes in midlife may have a greater impact on one’s psyche and thus cause them to be depressed much more easily.

Other studies suggest that midlife depression originates due to circulatory problems found within the brain or a genetic inclination towards mood changes and disorders which is also common in depressed individuals who are younger.