Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Midlife crisis


Almost all of the midlife experience turmoil - most without serious pain, some with very severe emotional distress 

The crisis of middle age is a term that sounds worn out, but the term that means nothing trivial. Do you talk with a middle-aged man or woman who is newly divorced, chances are good that their spouse has changed overnight and rejected everything he used to be important.


In many cultures, the widespread perception of a middle-aged man who begins to dress strikingly youthful or frajerski, buy a sports car, you're a young mistress obtain a divorce or to live with a woman young or attractive than the previous one. The women in this age group can "go wild" in an attempt to restore the biological clock backwards, or at least to show that the money on them leave no trace.

Unpleasant set of mental and physical changes that call the crisis affects many middle-aged people aged 40 to 60 years, and it was first described by psychologist Carl Gustav Jung. Some experts prefer the term transition of middle age, because the word sounds harsh crisis.

Almost all of the aforementioned age experiencing turmoil, either because of changes occurring in the body, reduced ability to perform certain activities or changed circumstances. Many tend inventory of life, reduce bills, consider what they missed and what they made mistakes. Most of going through this process without undue suffering or serious moves, where they cause harm to themselves or loved ones.
For some, however, the transition from the age that no longer can be called youth causes great emotional distress. The symptoms of the crisis of middle age are related to muddle their own identity, a sense of worthlessness and failure, dissatisfaction with the achievements, hopelessness about the future development of life, blaming themselves or others because of previous professional or romantic failures, the saturation of the people and situations in which they live, striving for radical change and adventure, the desire for a new, passionate and intimate relationship, depression and anxiety.

Hormones - disease - stress

Middle-age crisis causes physiological and environmental. Signs of aging on hair, skin and body structure and compromised libido, sexual prowess and ability to enjoy the allegations to the conclusion that the man is less attractive and desirable. Decreased energy, faster depletion and increased likelihood of disease reduces quality of life and contribute to the general discontent.
And the business failure and material uncertainties significantly affect the development of middle-age crisis. People who have not acquired enough property for the comfort, or even for a minimum of existential security, now seizes suspected that they never will succeed. Sredovjeńćnoj motivated financial crisis and social status, there are also those who are doing well in comparison to the social average, but behind its direct surroundings with which they are compared.

Cash debt crisis strongly promotes middle age. It is common to live above features, which encourage us to bank and credit card companies in order to profit from interest or seizing the debtor's assets.Middle-aged man in debt is an ideal target for an emotional crisis.

The family turmoil are also more common in middle age than in youth and early adulthood. Parents of children experiencing departure from the family home. In Croatia, for economic and traditional reasons, it occurs later and less often than in Western Europe and the United States, but it probably makes more painful separation. In middle age many are left without their own parents, which is an additional source of stress.

Ironically, advanced middle age crisis could trigger a crisis one who would not otherwise have experienced: a middle-aged man whose wife no longer attracted to, and who still feels a force could destroy a marriage for a younger woman. The move easily pushed over the edge of her husband had left for mental illness and mouth crisis of middle age.

Hormones, ginseng and St. John's Wort

Given the strong influence of sex hormones on the function of sexuality and fertility, and the overall mood, willpower and self-esteem, hormonal therapy is one of the usual methods to mitigate problems caused by physiological changes in middle age. To 2002. it was common to prescribe replacement therapy of estrogen and progestin (the male version of progesterone) to ease menopausal disorders.They even noticed the additional beneficial effects of these hormones on some aspects of health, such as the bone density and cardiovascular health. However, recent studies have revealed a small increased risk of breast cancer, blood clots and stroke and contested use of hormonal therapy for the heart. Therefore, the doctors had correctly assessed the relationship benefits and risks of using hormonal replacement therapy.
The same can be said for testosterone replacement therapy in men. Adding testosterone actually stimulates sexual desire and the power and alleviates depression and anxiety, but increases the risk of prostate cancer. Testosterone is sometimes given with success and women to strengthen libido.

Instead of sex hormones, which have good and bad points, problems inherent crisis of middle age can be relaxed and natural substances and drugs that act on the psyche. For thousands of years, is known to extract the Chinese, Korean and American ginseng increases vitality and stamina and enhances sexual desire and power to many who take it. In Croatia there are many products available with ginseng, alone and in combination with other "energy" resources, such as jelly and South American maca-Mac (Lepidium meyenii). Ginkgo biloba, in turn, improves circulation throughout the body, including the brain, which promotes better blood supply to the brain.

Who suffer from mild or moderate depression or anxiety, either as part of middle-age crisis, or in other stages of life, relief can be achieved by St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum). St. John's Wort is a mild antidepressant and well tolerated, and it should take a month or two before the show antidepressant effect. In cases of clinical depression, characterized by profound sadness, hopelessness, despair, apathy and sleep disturbances and poor appetite for more than two weeks, the recommended treatment with antidepressants and psychotherapy. Antidepressant agents, including St. John's Wort, not only to alleviate or eliminate mental suffering, but also improve the living vitality and ability to cope with stressful situations.

Women's and men's crisis: is there a difference?

Term often equated with middle-aged women in crisis menopause, the cessation of monthly bleeding under the influence of weakened secretion of female sex hormones and the end of the fertile phase.Menopause itself, however, is not necessarily accompanied by an emotional crisis, although it can induce. Menopause is the permanent cessation of ovarian function and the production of progesterone and estradiol (estrogen continues to produce after menopause). Reducing the concentration of estradiol and progesterone "dilutes" the bones, bringing bursts of heat and impairs mental well-being.
In recent decades, the popular, unofficial use of the terms andropause or male menopause. These terms are an attempt to recreate the interference that men suffer because of their own physiological changes, because it is clear that men do not have menopause. However, men actually declining levels of male hormones, but to a lesser extent than in women falling female hormones. In men aged 80 years free testosterone is lowered to half the concentration he had at age 20. Lower testosterone causes the decrease of sexual desire and activity, and decreased muscle and bone mass. 

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