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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 40s.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.

So I'm confused.  This seems to be a world wide trend and is consistent among married people, single people, in-between people. What then is all this hype about the 40's being the new 30's and the 50's being the new 40's?  And apparently, the "golden years" are the new childhood.

I've been actually feeling so happy and now I'm feeling schizophrenic.  And if the 40's are the years for depression and I'm in my early 50's, why do I need this bio-identical hormone patch to help with my hormonal mood swings?

Were women a part of this study?

I need to have a whole new perspective.  Now I can't wait for the golden years so I can be a kid again.

Hmmm...why am I not convinced?   This depression study is making me depressed.

stressed woman


Now, I’m depressed all day thinking about this middle-age depression thing.  I realized that I have multiple diagnoses:  I'm depressed, neurotic, obsessive compulsive and perpetually hormonal.

I've also been teary as of late.  This is a huge anomaly for me.  I kind of like it.  Remember those Hallmark commercials where you could cry on a dime?  Heck, I can start crying watching a Viagra commercial.

I'm pretty sure that the reason for ALL of this is sleep deprivation.  I would give anything for a good  8-hour sleep.  I go to sleep at midnight and wake up at 4:15 AM.

But the sleeping issues aside, I'm going to change my attitude and view this in a more positive light.

I got my driver's license before I got my period.  I'm a little past middle age and now I'm depressed

I'm just a late bloomer.



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