Signs & symptoms of men with a midlife crisis

Updated February 21, 2017

Midlife crisis symptoms can be unnerving for those who may be experiencing them. The symptoms are often caused by anxiety and stress that a man feels due to ageing. This stress usually makes men feel less desirable to the opposite sex. Your man may be experiencing a midlife crisis if he is displaying more of an interest in physical appearance and a social life than he has in years past.


If your partner is exuding boredom frequently, he could be stressing about age. When men feel like they are in a rut or trapped, they display signs of boredom or irritability. Signs of depression can also go hand in hand with signs of boredom. If the middle-aged man in your life has lost interest in his normal favourite activities, beware. Depression especially can be very serious, as it can lead to compounding health problems due to sporadic actions such as unprotected sex and unhealthy eating or partying habits.


Loss of appetite or sexual desire can also be signs of a midlife crisis. A midlife crisis can cause a man to become bored or fed up with all aspects of life, including the very basics such as eating and sex. If your partner's sex drive is very low for an extended period, watch for other signs, as this could be a sign that he is having an affair. He may be making mysterious or late-night phone calls or suddenly staying out later than normal. If this is the case, you have a reason to be suspicious and should ask questions.


Men who are going through a midlife crisis often crave change in several aspects of their lives. Some men will throw out their old wardrobe and buy a new one. Other men will renovate the house or buy a new car. The act of purchasing objects on a whim gives men a sense of freedom, which reminds them of youth.


Various men who are feeling the midlife-crisis bug creep up on them turn to partying to dissolve their problems. Partying and ingesting substances such as alcohol help people in general to feel relaxed. Some men who are feeling the effects of ageing like to escape their problems through the use of mind-altering substances such as alcohol. If you notice that your partner has resorted to partying excessively more frequently, approach him about your worries privately.

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About the Author

Crystal Lassen hails from Kansas City, Mo. and has been a book critic since 2008. Her reviews have appeared on the Publisher's Weekly website and are largely concerned with current events. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing from The University of Kansas.