WebMD describes a midlife crisis as a transition concerning one's life structure. For many people, the life structure centers around family or work, but other factors such as religion and economic status may also apply. This transition normally occurs between the ages of 37 and 50 (*cough* 45), and is generally triggered by a "life event", such as a child finishing college (or, ahem, entering college).
Below is an excerpt where WebMD discusses how a midlife crisis may overlap with serious depression:
In midlife, people need to be aware of symptoms of serious depression, such as:
- Change in eating habits
- Change in sleeping habits, fatigue
- Feelings of pessimism or hopelessness
- Restlessness, anxiety or irritability
- Feeling of guilt, helplessness or worthlessness
- Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex and hobbies
- Thoughts of suicide or attempts at suicide
- Physical aches or pains such as headaches or gastrointestinal upset that don't respond to treatment
Let's examine some of these bullets in view of the recent news regarding Coach Meyer:
- Change in eating habits - which could lead to him losing 20 lbs in one week?
- Change in sleeping habits - Meyer wasn't getting enough sleep to begin with.
- Feelings of pessimism, hopelessness - how better to describe the end of the Tebow era?
- Restlessness, anxiety, or irritability - no further comment needed.
- Feeling of guilt, helplessness or worthlessness - guilt over not seeing family enough?
- Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex and hobbies - N/A, Meyer was a full-time coach. And we shouldn't know any personal details anyways.
- Thoughts of suicide or attempts at suicide - hopefully N/A.
- Physical aches or pains such as headaches or gastrointestinal upset that don't respond to treatment - consistent with recent headlines about Meyer.
All of a sudden the weekend news begins to make sense. I'm just sayin ...