A midlife crisis need not compel you to impulsively ditch your job, jilt your spouse, or buy a red sports car. It is the perfect time to take stock and re-examine your beliefs about yourself and those around you. You can put aside current goals, set new ones, and revive forgotten dreams. It's a chance to be creative and to recast your life. As a busy psychiatrist in midlife himself, Joe Dunn recognizes all the symptoms and with plain good sense provides strategies that can be used to alleviate the worst of their consequences. 'Be patient', he advises, 'resist the temptation to change things dramatically, guard your health, enjoy life with humour, play and fun, and plan at least one great adventure to indulge in before they put you in a wooden box.' 'Lazy Person's Guides' is a series of popular, cheerful yet thoroughly grounded, practical and authoritative books on various health issues and conditions. Other titles in the series include 'Beating Overeating' , 'Quitting Smoking' , 'Detox' , 'Emotional Healing' , 'Self-esteem' , 'Exercise' , 'Improving Your Memory' and 'Stress'. Other books by Joseph Dunn Painful people and How to Deal With Them Think Like a Shrink.