Psychotherapy Can Help with Those Suffering a ‘Quarter Life Crisis’
The term ‘Mid Life Crisis’ has traditionally been applied to stresses and difficulties experienced by people in their 40’s. Research now shows that young people in their 20’s to 30’s are suffering the same symptoms previously felt by those in their mid 40’s, those of insecurity, disappointment, loneliness and depression and this has come to be termed ‘Quarter Life Crisis’. Often happening soon after the person enters the ‘real world’ of work, educated professionals appear to be worst effected.
“Quarterlife crises don’t happen literally a quarter of the way through your life,” said lead researcher Dr Oliver Robinson, from the University of Greenwich in London. “They occur a quarter of your way through adulthood, in the period between 25 and 35, although they cluster around 30.”
Instead of enjoying the early years of a career or relationships, free from morgages or marriage responsibilities, sufferers find themselves struggling to cope with anxieties about jobs, unemployment, debt and relationships.
A survey undertaken on Gumtree in collaboration with this research highlighted that 86% of the 1100 young pople questioned admitted to feeling under pressure to be successful in their relationships, careers and finances before they reach 30.
In this survey, two in five were worried about money, saying they did not earn enough, and 32% felt under pressure to marry and have children by the age of 30. 6% were planning to emigrate, while 21% wanted a complete career change.
Changes in the job market, finding it hard to find a satisfying career whilst battling many other graduates in a similar situation, house prices and the difficulty in getting a morgage, pressures to maintain sucessful relationships both with friends and romanticly, debt accumulated in order to finance education and accomodation all add to feelings of insecurity and a relentless up hill struggle.
Feelings of being trapped or things being hopeless can feel overwhelming, but talking to a psychotherapist at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice in London about these feelings and what they mean can help you work through them and gain a clarity and understanding, enabling you to feel more in control.