“…empty nest syndrome is a phenomenon in which parents experience feelings of sadness and loss when the last child leaves home”.1

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What may the Empty Nest Syndrome Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Empty Nest Syndrome
  • Midlife Empty Nest Syndrome

Definition

What is empty nest syndrome?

Depending on the Source (DotS) the definition of empty nest syndrome may vary. In Empty Nest Syndrome: What’s Empty Nest Syndrome the (United States) Mayo Clinic’s explain is:

“Empty nest syndrome isn’t a clinical diagnosis. Instead, empty nest syndrome is a phenomenon in which parents experience feelings of sadness and loss when the last child leaves home”.2

Symptoms

What may be symptoms of empty nest syndrome?

In Empty Nest Syndrome: Symptoms the (United States) Psychology Today explain:

“The individual may feel:

  1. Sadness…
  2. Loss…
  3. Depression…
  4. Loneliness
  5. Distress
  6. A loss of purpose and meaning in life”.3

Coping

How can parents cope with empty nest syndrome?

In How You Can Enjoy the Empty Nest the Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

Empty Nest Syndrome

  1. “Accept the timing…
  2. Keep in touch…
  3. Seek support…
  4. Stay positive…”.4

In Empty Nest Syndrome: Treatment Psychology Today elaborate on:

“For many, coping with an empty nest is mitigated by remaining in contact with the child. A parent can keep in touch with their child via weekly text, email, or phone calls. In times of stress and loneliness, reaching out for social support can also be helpful. In addition, diligent self-care—in the form of a healthy diet, plenty of sleep, exercise, and downtime—is recommended”.5

Challenges

What challenges may accompany empty nest syndrome?

In Empty Nest Season Has Arrived: Challenges of the Empty Nest the author elaborates on:

“A big challenge of the empty nest is that it is often accompanied by other transitions that aren’t necessarily welcome or easy to manage. Caregiving for older adult relatives may now be needed. Job transitions may be upcoming – either stepping down at work, retiring, or beginning a new job hunt now that the “kids are grown””.6

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have empty nest syndrome?

If you think you have empty nest syndrome, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

In Empty Nest Syndrome: Treatment Psychology Today elaborate on:

“Treatment with a health-care practitioner may be recommended if loneliness, depression, and sadness are in any way overwhelming the individual. Psychotherapy is beneficial when managing the symptoms. A health professional may even recommend prescription medications”.7

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  1. Empty Nest Syndrome: What’s Empty Nest Syndrome? 14 April 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/empty-nest-syndrome/art-20047165 Accessed: 28 April 2020
  2. Empty Nest Syndrome: What’s Empty Nest Syndrome? 14 April 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/empty-nest-syndrome/art-20047165 Accessed: 28 April 2020
  3. Empty Nest Syndrome: Symptoms. Last Reviewed 26 February 2019. Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/conditions/empty-nest-syndrome Accessed: 28 April 2020
  4. How You Can Enjoy the Empty Nest. 13 April 2018. Mayo Clinic https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/how-you-can-enjoy-the-empty-nest/ Accessed: 28 April 2020
  5. Empty Nest Syndrome: Treatment. Last Reviewed 26 February 2019. Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/conditions/empty-nest-syndrome Accessed: 28 April 2020
  6. Degges-White S. 27 August 2018. Empty Nest Season Has Arrived: Challenges of the Empty Nest https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/lifetime-connections/201808/empty-nest-season-has-arrived Accessed: 28 April 2020
  7. Empty Nest Syndrome: Treatment. Last Reviewed 26 February 2019. Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/conditions/empty-nest-syndrome Accessed: 28 April 2020
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