The science behind a midlife crisis

From Afternoons, 3:10 pm on 5 October 2022

The midlife crisis is real and it's  hitting middle aged people in wealthy countries who have so much going for them but don't always feel that way. This is the conclusion not of a group of psychologists, but a group of economists who compiled data from hundreds of studies for the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Men and women in their early 50's  with no history of mental health issues feel overwhelmed, clinically depressed and even consider suicide at alarming rates. We'll talk to one of the authors of that report, economics professor Nick Powdthavee from Singapore. He shares concerns about this under-recognized phenomenon and why our affluence may be one of the causes.

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