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identity crisis

a period or episode of psychological distress, often occurring in adolescence but sometimes in adulthood, when a person seeks a clearer sense of self and an acceptable role in society.
confusion as to goals and priorities:
The company is undergoing an identity crisis.
Origin of identity crisis
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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identity-crisis in Medicine

identity crisis n.
A psychosocial state or condition of disorientation and role confusion occurring especially in adolescents as a result of conflicting pressures and expectations and often producing acute anxiety.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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