The male midlife crisis is often made fun of, but for many men it is a distressing experience.
A midlife crisis can happen when men think they've reached life's halfway stage and feel time is running out.
It's not a medical condition but people going through a midlife crisis can experience anxiety and depression .
The age at which people experience a midlife crisis can vary. It can typically occur anywhere between the age of 35 and 50.
Dr Derek Milne, a clinical psychologist, says: "If I was giving advice on how to cope, I'd suggest telling your doctor you're feeling depressed, because depression makes up a significant portion of the midlife crisis."
Depression can be triggered by a major life change, such as divorce, separation, long-term illness, bereavement or job loss. Sometimes there appears to be no obvious reason.
Symptoms of depression can include:
Get tips on coping with depression .
If you're still feeling down or depressed after a couple of weeks talk to your doctor.
When they reach their late 40s to early 50s, some men experience loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, mood swings and other physical or emotional symptoms.
Read more about the so called male menopause .
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.