midlife crisis

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A psychological ailment of contemporary society, characterized by self-absorption, anxiety, and the realization by professional people that they may have achieved their peak in occupational attainment and life satisfaction, that the future may contain more frustration than achievement. This may predispose to or precipitate some stress-related and emotional disorders, so intervention may be justifiable when the condition is identified.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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