Are You Having a Midlife Crisis? Learn 6 Common Signs

Whether you're a man or a woman, a midlife crisis is a fairly common thing to experience in your 40s or 50s.  During these years, people are more inclined to evaluate where they're at in their lives, both personally and professionally.

While some people may find this period to be a tremendous catalyst for growth, others can experience it as stressful or depressing.  If any of this sounds familiar, you may be in the throes of a midlife crisis. Additional signs include:

1. Restlessness or boredom.  Rather than continuing to feel interested and engaged in life, people experiencing a midlife crisis often feel a sense of ennui.  They've lost their passion and enthusiasm for their job and daily activities.

2. Buying Expensive Items Impulsively.  Research shows that at least one-third of middle-aged men do this, typically purchasing a pricey car.  Women, on the other hand, are more likely to spend money on plastic surgery.

3. Dissatisfaction with Appearance.  It's not uncommon for people experiencing a midlife crisis to feel dissatisfaction with their weight, body image, or attractiveness.

4. Increase in Thoughts About Mortality.  As we age, it's not uncommon to think about our own mortality.  However, a midlife crisis in particular is likely to make us more inclined to ruminate about the passing of time, our health, and death itself.

5. Questioning of Current Circumstances.  During a midlife crisis, we begin to ask ourselves tough questions like, “Is this all there is?” “Why am I doing this?” and “How would I feel if I died, never having accomplished more than I have right now?  Would I be OK with that?”

6. Recent Trauma.  A midlife crisis is often triggered by a traumatic experience like a divorce, the kids leaving home, or the death of a parent.