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Psychotherapy Casebook

Midlife Crisis

Dean Schuyler, MD

Published: December 15, 2006

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If you follow these articles, it will come as no surprise to you that I’ ma big fan of the concept of life stages. For me, this concept is a useful way to think about the transitions we all go through in life: starting a newschool, finding a life partner, embarking on a career, having a child,moving to a new place, beginning a new job, children leaving home,retirement, death of a spouse. I could go on and on.This concept of beginning a new life stage can be effectively applied,as well, to a person told by a physician that he or she has been diagnosedwith a major illness (e.g., cancer). In each case, the task requires an adjustmentto the changes (or restrictions) imposed by the new stage in life.

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