Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on December 20, 2021.
Empty nest syndrome refers to feelings of sadness and grief many parents experience when their children leave home. As a parent, letting your children go can be painful, even if you've encouraged them to become independent. You may miss the constant companionship or feel nostalgic for the days you had children at home who needed your care.
Sadness is normal for parents who have difficulty adjusting to an empty nest. In more severe cases, parents experience substance dependencies and mental health conditions such as depression. To deal with empty nest syndrome, some parents may search for a way to soothe their unwanted feelings.
Certain methods of dealing with empty nest syndrome may lead individuals to engage in substance use. If doctors can identify depression and generalized anxiety in parents, they may provide treatment and help these individuals before they misuse substances.
To cope with empty nest syndrome, you can:
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