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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My wife and I have never suffered empty nest syndrome. We like being alone.
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I have spent a lot of time lately considering an extensive programme of cathartic clearing out and cleaning to help me get over my empty nest syndrome. According to the inventor of catharsis, the Greek philosopher Aristotle, the cathartic purging of the emotions is best achieved by exposure to art and poetry.
THE EMPTY NEST SYNDROME They call it the empty nest syndrome When the children have all left home You think of the past.
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Anne says: Empty nest syndrome is a very real grief, painful enough when there are two parents left at home, but so much worse for the single mum.
Dear Coleen MY SON is starting school and I'm nervous at dealing with empty nest syndrome. I gave up work and have been a full-time mum to him.
Elizabeth Humphreys, West Midlands lead manager for the National Housing Federation, said: "Empty nest syndrome is becoming a thing of the past.
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THOUSANDS of parents will be hit by empty nest syndrome this autumn as their children head off for universities and colleges around the country.