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Mid-life crisis

Published 10/02/2014 | 02:30

Sofia Helin in The Bridge
Sofia Helin in The Bridge

The mid-life crisis is a serious, profound issue, according to mid-life consultant Bernie Muir, of mid-life consultancy Overton Smith. The typical mid-life crisis merchant is apparently quite successful. "Then, out of the blue," says Helen Moore, also a mid-life consultant with Overton Smith, "their perception of the value of it all seems to change. The men suddenly feel a bit-part player in a meaningless future, they feel alienated from everything."

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I tell you this, not to show off that I have done some research, or to try to claim that us men in the middle are suffering from a legitimate medical condition. Though the latter could be handy when you get caught snogging the young one from accounts or when you arrive home with a canary yellow sports car – "I can't help it. It's a medical condition. I need your help, not your condemnation. I am a sick, sick man. Have some pity on me."

I tell you this to point out to you that the world has clearly gone mad, when we have medicalised the mid-life crisis, and people are managing to knock a career out of consulting to it. Apparently the typical mid-life crisis takes two years and treatment for it will take six months.

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