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empty nest syndrome

n.
A feeling of depression experienced by some parents after their children have grown and left home.
A popular term for the constellation of symptoms described in middle-aged women whose children have left home (the ‘nest’)—e.g., for college/university, career, marriage

empty nest syndrome

Psychology A popular term for the understudied constellation of Sx described in middle-aged ♀ whose children have left home/the 'nest' for college/university, career, marriage Clinical Depression, loss of self-esteem, loneliness, as mom has lost her principle raison d'etre–ie, raising children, who no longer depend on her for their needs
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Perhaps I'm indulging in premature empty-nest syndrome.
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Her condition is thought to have been sparked by the girls leaving home and, although just the night before she went missing she and David had travelled south to bring Emma home from university for Christmas, Wendy's empty-nest syndrome had left the devoted mother feeling very low.