Are You Going through a Midlife Crisis?

From the Show: HER
Summary: Physiological changes as you age are hard to accept, especially for women, since many women identify themselves by how attractive they are.
Air Date: 7/10/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peek, MD
Guest Bio: Ann Kearney-Cooke, PhD
ann kearney cookeAnn Kearney-Cooke, PhD, is a Distinguished Scholar at the Partnership for Gender Specific Medicine at Columbia University in New York where she developed the Helping Girls Become Strong Woman Project.

She is a New York Times bestselling author and her research and clinical work has focused on body image, eating disorders, midlife women and wellness.
Are You Going through a Midlife Crisis?
We live in a culture that really honors and adores youth.

We are obsessed with trying to prevent the inevitable aging process from happening.

When you experience both physical and emotional transitions in your life, there may be some regrets, questions and discomfort.

Physiological changes are hard to accept, especially for women, since a lot of women identify themselves with how attractive they are. Unfortunately, these physical changes are not changes that are admired in our culture, which can be really hard on your self-esteem.

There have always been steps in life that you were trying to achieve; whether that be college, marriage, kids, or a career. You have been looking forward and working towards something most of your life. As you age, it may feel as if there is nothing left to devote your time and energy towards.

A lot of people feel just play bored or even depressed and may express the stereotypical warning signs like wanting to buy a hot new car, go sky-diving or do something that is really out of character.

As you enter this second stage, how do you realize your strengths as a person and that this chapter of your life can bring you a sense of freedom?

Dr. Ann Kearney-Cooke, PhD, is a psychologist at the Cincinnati Psychotherapy Institute. Dr. Kearney-Cooke shares how you can recognize if you are going through a mid-life crisis, as well as tips for dealing with these feelings of anguish.