Middle-age is truly depressing, study finds

Are you in your forties and feeling down in the dumps? You are not alone.

“Middle age is truly miserable, according to a study using data from 80 countries showing that depression is most common among men and women in their forties.

The British and U.S. researchers found that happiness for people ranging from Albania to Zimbabwe follows a U-shaped curve where life begins cheerful before turning tough during middle age and then returning to the joys of youth in the golden years.

Previous studies have shown that psychological well-being remained flat throughout life but the new findings to be published in the journal Social Science & Medicine suggest we are in for a topsy-turvy emotional ride.” More here.

Healthy uppers for the terrible forties, anyone? Heheh.

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  • I bet they have a drug for that! Just kidding… Just the lead in reminded me of all of the drug commercials.

    I am glad that even though I am in that age range, that I don’t feel that way.

    The first thought that came to mind is people who get to midlife and realize that life wasn’t all they thought it was going to be and they see no sign of improvement. That certainly is no way to live life.

    Maybe that is why we sell so many healthy energy drinks? They have been saying that about 85% of the adults who go to the doctor complain about a lack of energy or just plain feeling drained.

  • When exactly does middle age take place?

    What I am finding out more and more, is that the general population is aging much younger.

    For example, I talked to my mother this weekend on the phone. My cousin in North Carolina, who is five years younger then me, now has type 2 diabetes as well as multiple sclerosis. Yet he is a chef by profession. I’ve heard him say, “When I get home, if I can’t nuke it (in the microwave) then I don’t eat it.”

    Consequently, he is overweight, has bad teeth and smokes and drinks soft drinks in order to get through the day.

    I believe that nutrition matters and makes a difference in your health. Middle age and your Golden Years do not have to be depressing if you take care of yourself nutritionally.

    Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees once said, “If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”

    To your good health,

    Paul Eilers

  • I turned 40 this year. Lots of people say that things go downhill from here. Life is on the down side of the hill. I prefer “Life begins at 40″.

    My great grandpa died at age 98, my grandmother on my dad’s side died at 87, my grandmother on my mom’s side died at 76. My dad died at 32, but that’s because he drank himself to death and I’ve already outlived him. (It’s strange to think that I’m older now than my dad ever was). Anyway, the way I look at it – I’m going to live at least another 30 or 40 years.

    I can only imagine what I can do with the next 40 with what I know now. People always say that they wish they could start over knowing what they know now. Why not?? I’m starting over!!!!! And the next 40 years are going to be AMAZING!!!!!!!!



    ” We act as if comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life—-when all we really need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

    Charles Kingsley

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