7 Signs You Might Be Facing A Midlife Crisis

12/12/2013 07:07 am ET

The midlife crisis. An often dreaded period of time that conjures up images of a Harley-mounted silver-haired 50-something man (or woman) riding off into the sunset with a younger partner.

But how does this period of self-reflection really present itself, and how can we recognize its grip on our lives? Certainly not everyone of a certain age runs out and has an affair or purchases a new sports car. Indeed, there are all sorts of other signs -- some you may have never even considered -- that can signal the arrival of a midlife crisis.

Studies do show that at least a third of men in their 40s and 50s admit to forking out big bucks on a new car as a result of a midlife crisis. And some women admit to getting Botox or making some kind of drastic change to their appearance during this transitional period. (A footnote: Women are more likely to go through a midlife crisis earlier than men, often between the ages of 35 and 44.)

But what are the other signs you might be facing a midlife crisis? We asked our Facebook fans for their opinions and were rewarded with a wide range of responses. Have your own ideas? Let us know in comments.

1) When you start "panicking about health issues," said Diane Franklin Slimbock.

someone upset on scale

jealous of younger

happy family with teenagers

people exercising

Of course, it's not necessarily a bad thing if someone's simply seeking to learn new things or broaden their horizons. But if the crisis results in a person becoming seriously moody or exhibiting bizarre behavior, then there could be trouble. For four ways to cope with changes during a midlife crisis, go here.

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