Back to school: Empty-nest syndrome can affect parents and students

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Back-to-school time means children are filled with emotions and nerves, but it's also an anxious time for parents- especially when they send their kids off to college. 

Experts say the feelings associated with empty nest syndrome include loss, sadness, anxiety and sometimes depression. They say this can make the transition to college for the student even more challenging.
Doctors at Westchester Medical Center say parents can avoid these feelings by anticipating the change and planning ahead.

"Take their own pulse of how they're feeling prior to children leaving home and to start thinking about what they might do when their child leaves, things they can pick up and do and really focus on when their child leaves," says Westchester Medical Center Director of Psychiatry Dr. Stephen Ferrando.

Ferrando suggests parents engage in activities and new projects.


Also, devising a communication plan with your children to stay connected will help fill the void of an empty home.

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