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SOURCE California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Proactive techniques help combat Empty Nest Syndrome
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Parents often look forward to the day their children assert their independence and leave home, but for many parents, that anticipation is met with a surprising reality and complex challenge. Empty Nest Syndrome, a legitimate psychological phenomenon, may leave some parents with feelings of depression, guilt or an immense sense of loss.
"There's disconnect between what parents often anticipate, and the intensity of feelings that parents feel when they are left behind in an empty nest," said Dr. Ronald Mah, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Leandro, Calif. "To reinvent and adapt to a new lifestyle can be a complex transition that can overwhelm parents and lead to some mental health challenges. One may be surprised that so much more than just time and energy is invested in the logistics of parenting children. There also can be a significant amount of one's sense of self invested in the identity of being a parent. A parent may ask 'What am I to do... now?' The answer for years had been 'do for the kids.' This often leads to the next question of ''What am I... now?'"
Here are five tips to help Empty Nesters cope with this new life stage:
"We all experience and handle transitions differently. These tips provide a healthy start to help parents (now suddenly less encumbered and more independent adults for the first time in literally decades!) continue to survive and thrive in the wake of an empty nest... and move forward into the next personal and family adventures. The kids are starting to grow up, and so must you!" concludes Mah.
About the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) is an independent professional organization of approximately 30,000 members representing the interests of licensed marriage and family therapists. It is dedicated to advancing the profession as an art and a science, to maintaining high standards of professional ethics, to upholding the qualifications for the profession and to expanding the recognition and awareness of the profession.
CounselingCalifornia.com, a free online resource provided by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, is California's lifeline to nearly 8,000 licensed marriage and family therapists and other mental health professionals. At its heart, CounselingCalifornia.com contains a comprehensive searchable directory of licensed marriage and family therapists (MFTs) and other psychotherapists licensed to practice in the state of California. From surviving divorce to coping with depression, CounselingCalifornia.com provides valuable resources for managing difficult life challenges.
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