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Midlife crisis now starts at 35

Midlife crisis now starts at 35 People in their thirties and forties are the most unhappy, survey finds

The mid-life crisis now starts at 35, according to a new survey.

People in their late 30s and early 40s are the lonliest age group, with more than one in five people saying they feel lonely a lot of the time or had suffered from depression, a survey by counselling charity Relate found.

Traditionally the territory of people in their late 40s to 50s, the survey found that those aged 35 to 44 came out worst of any age group when it came to family, friends and work.

A quarter of people questioned wished they had more time for family and friends, and a third thought their family relationships would improve if they worked less.

Nearly one in three in the 35 to 45 age group had left a job because of a bad relationship with a colleague, and 40 per cent had been cheated on by a partner.

The research also revealed how increasing numbers of busy parents are using social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace to keep in touch with their children.

Claire Tyler, CEO of Relate, commented on the findings: “Traditionally we associate the midlife crisis with people in their late 40s to 50s, but the report reveals that this period could be reaching people earlier than we would expect. And it’s no coincidence this is the largest age group we see at Relate.

“It’s when life gets really hard – you’re starting a family, pressure at work can be immense and increasingly money worries can be crippling.

"We cannot afford to sit back and watch this happen. The ensuing effects of relationship breakdown on society are huge, so it’s really important that this age group has access to appropriate and relevant support, be that through friends and family or other methods such as counselling."

This article was published on Wed 29 September 2010

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