Empty nest syndrome

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Empty-nest syndrome is the name given to a psychological condition that can affect parents (most commonly women) around the time that their children leave home.

All about empty nest syndrome

She cries a lot for no reason. Her days seem endless with nothing to do. She feels she is of no use. She has forgotten that hobbies or friends ever existed. After her only son went abroad for work, her life has come to a stop.

Empty Nest Syndrome refers to feelings of depression, sadness, and/or grief experienced by parents and caregivers after children come of age and leave their childhood homes. This may occur when children go to college or get married. Women are more likely than men to be affected; often, when the nest is emptying, mothers are going through other significant life events as well, such as menopause or caring for elderly parents. Yet this doesn't mean that men are completely immune to Empty Nest Syndrome. Men can experience similar feelings of loss regarding the departure of their children.

Symptoms

Feelings of sadness are normal at this time. It is also normal to spend time in the absent child's bedroom to feel closer to him or her.

If you are experiencing empty nest syndrome, monitor your reactions and their duration. If you are feeling that your useful life has ended, or if you are crying excessively or are so sad that you don't want to see friends or go to work, you should consider seeking professional help.

References

  • Empty-nest syndrome
  • Empty Nest Syndrome