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Quarter Life Crisis - What Should You Know?

Written and reviewed by
Dr.Shraddha Banerjee 91% (75ratings)
M.Phil - Clinical Psychology, Bsc - Psychology, Msc - Applied Psychology
Psychologist, Gurgaon  •  16years experience
Quarter Life Crisis - What Should You Know?

Are you at mid-20s or early 30s? Do you feel that your job is very stressful and you are not able to manage? Have you experienced too much struggle to maintain your love relationship? Sometime do you feel overburdened in life? If you have experienced any of these, facing unmanageability and remain mentally disturbed - then maybe you are suffering from Quarter Life Crisis.

The Quarter Life Crisis refers to the phenomenon that tends to consume young adults between the ages of 25-35 as they deal with the uncertainty building in their lives. It is supposed to be the time of opportunity and adventure, before mortgages and marriage have taken their toll. But struggling to cope with anxiety about jobs, unemployment, debt and relationships, many young adults are experiencing a crisis in their life, according to new research by British Psychological Society.

With emotional ups and downs and ins and outs young individuals of these age range can always feel on the verge of something. As early adulthood is a period marked by changes and growth physically, mentally and emotionally normal or small issues of life become more challenging for them and they face difficulty in coping. Young adults often faces mood swings and get stuck between extreme emotions, one bad day can make them fell like the world is toppling down and they often feel out of control.

Mood related symptoms commonly found among these individuals like bad mood or grumpiness which lasts longer than a few days, social withdrawal, continual anger, irritability or depression, dramatic changes in appetite or sudden weight loss or gain.

We now live in a world where success is measured by the income of our job, the house we acquire, or the merit of our CV. Expectations can be suffocating, expectations of our elders, our partner and also our own expectations related to our responsibility to life.

In a career survey by a British organisation in 2015, it has been found that 69% of young people were worried that they wouldn't be able to find employment, while 63% revealed that they were anxious about ending up in a “dead end “role.

Young adulthood is a period of transition, to become an independent adult. They desire to take all responsibilities and settle down in life. Many young adults embrace this transition period and enjoy the time spent exploring possibilities for the future. But some young people may find their entry into adult responsibilities overwhelming or confusing. This overwhelm and confusion, along with rapid changes in biological, psychological and social development, may help contribute to the development of major psychological problems or disorders, the rates of which are shown to increase for this age group.

As discussed above young people often face emotional turmoil which can make a person feel hopeless and truly out of reach. Unfortunately, less than half of young adults with a mental health condition get the help they need, maybe because they feel ashamed or embarrassed about their feelings and opening up to someone about them become difficult.

Consequences of mental health problems can include poor performance at work, lack of established friendship and much needed social interaction, substance or alcohol abuse, risky social behaviour leading to infectious diseases, and suicide. Help from mental health professionals is much advisable which can help them handling their emotional disturbances, relationship issues, work stressors and building up good coping skills.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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