Psychological Issues of Women Over 50

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 22, 2018
Quick Bites

  • Midlife crisis can strike women as early as in their late thirties to fifties
  • Women face issues such as depression, fatigue, irritability and identity crisis
  • Read about the symptoms and preventive measures to be undertake


Midlife crisis in a woman can make her feel old and boring but what can make it more stressful is non-acceptance of the fact that it is natural to be ageing and it is to be taken on your stride. Midlife crisis can strike women as early as in their late thirties to fifties.

Reasons for psychological issues

For women this crisis can be a result of ageing, children being independent and not needing any more assistance from the mother. Menopause can further aggravate the situation as a woman experiences hormonal fluctuations which can result in emotional turmoil. The demise of a near and dear one can add to her woes.

Psychological issues in women after fifty are:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Low self-worth and identity crisis

Read: 8 Zippy Ways to Treat Depression Naturally

Risk factors:

  • Women who are not mentally prepared for various natural transitions in life such as menopause, ageing and children who will leave parental homes for future advancement
  • Women who have retired from active work life and have been living a sheltered life
  • Women who lead a passive lifestyle and do not engage in social activities and her sole focus is her family
  • Women who base their identity with their spouse and children


  • Any specific event like a milestone birthday which can make a woman realize she is ageing - demise of a loved one like parents and spouse
  • Menopause can trigger many symptoms which may feel like being in the dumps
  • Negative outlook towards future in general
  • Changes in family structure where children are leaving parental homes- “empty nest” syndrome
  • Women who have retired from work or an active social life
  • Dissatisfaction with an outcome of life and thoughts of mortality

Read: Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Preventive measures:

  • Accept ageing and the various transitions that will or may happen in a lifetime
  • Say no to drugs and alcohol, they only numb your senses for a short duration and leave you with a hangover and depression in the end. Tackle stress by exercising, meditation and having a social circle
  • Learn and explore something new about yourself. Indulge in a long lost hobby or be a mentor in your desired field
  • Be expressive about your expectations with your spouse and family. Have a circle of friends to mingle around. Who says fun stops with age?
  • Plan your financial state. Effective allocation of funds and savings can help you deal with feelings of uncertainty and dependence. Financial stability plays a part in mental stability; therefore secure yourself financially to enjoy your coming years
  • Consider medication or therapy like HRT if symptoms are menopause-related

Read more articles on Depression.

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