empty nest syndrome


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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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On empty nest syndrome, Dr Mark Winwood, of psychological services at AXA PPP healthcare, has sympathy for parents.
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A: WE hear from thousands of parents at this time of year experiencing what is described as empty nest syndrome.