British scientists from University College London are calling for a revision of the concept of "midlife crisis" - in their opinion, this phenomenon is now greatly underestimated. Traditionally, the focus is on the mental problems of children and adolescents, as developing individuals, as well as older people - in connection with the risk of senile dementia. But tough statistics show that middle-aged people are also extremely vulnerable.
For the study, scientists took data from three National Analytical Reports on Health and Development (UK), which included information about people born in 1946, 1958 and in the 1970s. A total of 28, 000 people were identified who, between the ages of 23 and 69, experienced any kind of mental stress situation. The researchers tried to cover the entire spectrum of ailments, without reference to specific types of disorders, in order to assess the situation as a whole.
It turned out that it was in middle age that people experienced the maximum mental overload - one in five suffers. And there is a tendency to "rejuvenate" the problem: for example, for those born in 1946, this figure was 19.1% by the age of 53. For those born in 1958, this is 15.2% by the age of 50, and the generation from the 70s began to complain of stress at the age of 46, and there were 19.9% of those. Data on the UK, but researchers are confident that in the modern global world the situation in other countries is similar.
One of the main sources of stress in middle age is work. Someone loses it, others realize the mistake in choosing a profession, others build a career and must sacrifice for her rest and communication with the family. Many experience difficulties in raising children or face divorce, and some realize that now he is the same adult who should take care of both the younger family members and older parents. And the appearance of such a burden cannot pass completely without a trace.