Leslie Jones
Comedienne Leslie Jones may be going through a midlife crisis.

On Tuesday, Jones, 50, tweeted a message that looked like a desperate cry for help.

In her post, Jones pondered the uselessness of working out “for nothing”.

“I really feel like “what’s it all for” if the people you want to notice don’t,” she tweeted. She added: “I just feel like I might die alone. Sorry that’s pretty heavy today!!”

Many of Jones’s followers were alarmed and expressed their concern for her well-being. Some wondered if she was going through a midlife crisis.

What is Midlife Crisis?

Stock photo - Middle-aged man laughing in limousine with prostitutes

Midlife crisis is defined as internal emotional conflict of self-esteem, confidence and identity. It usually affects men and women equally and occurs during the transition through middle age (40 to 64).

Midlife crisis is step 7 in Erikson’s 8 Stages of Psychosocial Development.

Eriksons Stages of Development

Midlife crisis is a stressful phase for people who believe time is running out to find their true purpose in life.

The condition is not a mental illness, but some people do experience temporary symptoms of depression and anxiety.

As middle age approaches, people tend to workout more, wear excessive makeup, and spend thousands of dollars on surgical procedures to improve their appearance.

People who are going through a midlife crisis often buy new clothes that are not age appropriate, or drive flashy cars and wear expensive jewelry to appeal to younger people.

What Causes Midlife Crisis?

Stock photo - midlife crisis

Midlife crisis can be triggered by a stressful event, such as a death in the family, loss of a job, divorce, illness, financial problems, empty nest, etc.

A midlife crisis is often diagnosed by friends or family members (“You’re going through a midlife crisis!”).

Though they mean well, family or friends can make a person feel worse by dispensing the wrong advice (“Find a boy toy to make you feel young again.”).

Well-intentioned advice may actually reinforce a person’s inner conflicts.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a midlife crisis varies with the individual. The process of a midlife crisis often begins long before the person becomes aware.

Signs and symptoms includes, but is not limited to:

  • Boredom
  • Fixation on death or the process of death
  • Depression
  • Erectile dysfunction (in men)
  • Intrusive thoughts of failure or inadequacy
  • Irritability, sudden mood swings
  • Impulsive behavior, i.e., quitting your job, dating much younger men, buying a Porsche
  • Seeking external validation online
  • Constantly questioning your purpose in life
  • Unable to recognize yourself in the mirror
  • Fixating on signs of lost youth
  • Change in sleeping habits, insomnia
  • Change in diet, taking more vitamins & supplements
  • A desire to change the world around you
  • Cheating on your spouse
  • Flirting with married people
  • Getting plastic surgery to look younger
  • Working out more in the gym

    How Long Does Midlife Crisis Last?

    Midlife crisis can last a few months to a few years. It usually resolves when people accept the aging process, let go of their fears, and realize everything is going to be all right.

    This has been your Medical Minute.
    More Info On the Web

    Signs of a Midlife Crisis In a Woman | Woman’s Day

    Searching for Meaning Beyond the “Midlife Crisis” | Psychology Today

    Men’s Midlife Crisis: What to Do | WebMD

    Mid-Life Crisis | Psychology Today


    Any medical information published on this blog is for your general information only and is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice. You should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider. Sandrarose.com and its affiliates cannot be held liable for any damages incurred by following information found on this blog.

    Stock photos by Getty Images