British research in this area is based on the post-war period and takes into account three different age groups, i.e. born in 1946 (NSHD data), 1958 (NCDS data) and 1970 (BCS70 data), whose life and health were monitored and analyzed for many years. Thanks to this, we gain insight into what the mental health issue looked like at different times, and we learn that the peak of mental problems is in the so-called middle age, somehow overlapping with the still insufficiently researched midlife crisis. Mental health in adolescents and the elderly seems to attract more attention than problems of this nature in middle-aged people, although adults are prone to mental problems during this period of their lives, explains Dawid Gondek of University College London (UCL).
Therefore, the team's research focuses on middle-aged people, paying attention to the fact that this group should be given special attention. The researchers analyzed the data of more than 28,000 people from the three age groups mentioned, but only patients who reported any mental problems (defined as emotional suffering related to stressful factors and demands that are difficult to meet in everyday life, without distinguishing between any mental illness) age 23 -69 years, because they wanted to create an age profile of mental problems in this way.
The result was surprising and tech boy world that the intensity of mental problems occurs in middle age in all groups studied, reaching 19.1% at the age of 53 in the NSHD group, 15.2% at the age of 50 in the NCDS group and 19, 9% at 46 in the BCS70 group, all due to a growing sense of emotional distress that begins in early adulthood. It is also easy to see that the peak of problems comes at a younger and younger age, so each next generation is in an even more difficult situation: middle-aged and then slowly falling, the researchers explain.
Why is this happening? Scientists bet that the point is that this is when a lot of problems overlap in the lives of many of us - it is most often the peak of our career, associated with making difficult decisions and lack of free time, which translates into a lack of contact with the family and friends and, as a result, a deterioration in quality of life. This is when divorce, decisions related to children and the need to care for aging parents often occur. Of course, there is still a lot to check on the subject of middle-aged mental health problems, but this is perhaps the first study to show that there is an urgent need to pay more attention to this issue, especially in times like these that add extra stress and problems to everyone.