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What are the symptoms of empty nest syndrome?

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Negative feelings such as loneliness, emptiness, sadness, uselessness and guilt are symptoms of empty nest syndrome. Symptoms that may result from clinical depression include anxiety, fatigue, indecision, difficulty concentrating and the inability to give or receive pleasure.

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Empty nest syndrome occurs when parents experience sadness and loss when a child is no longer living at home. Many people find it hard to adjust to no longer having children at home to care for. People with empty nest syndrome may worry constantly about their children's well-being. This especially occurs for parents with only one child.

According to the Huffington Post, several psychological factors increase the risk of experiencing empty nest syndrome. These include a parent with a self-identity related to being a parent, feeling or loss of control over their child's life choices, and lack of a social support network. Other psychological factors include a parent who feels the child left too early or late, and having only a few children.

Antidepressants, counseling and social and self-support networks are some ways to mange empty nest syndrome. Other ways include taking time out for one's self by exploring hobbies or careers, and also using the extra money, time and space to one's benefit.

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