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My Child Is Leaving For College MORE Magazine
Time to let go … your child is going away to college. Every August thousands of men and woman across the country experience a unique form of heartache…it’s the bittersweet act of sending a child off to college. I was inspired to write this article after having conversations with several friends who will be facing the powerful pangs of separation together with other parents as millions of freshman head off to college this fall. “Empty Nest Syndrome” is the name given to a psychological condition that can affect parents around the time that one or more of their children leave home.
When we have lost a loved one, the holiday season can be a painful reminder of how terrible you are feeling instead of bringing warmth, love and excitement. The holidays are especially significant because they are familiar signs of time. They seem to have a way of filling our memories with warm glimpses of good times shared with the people we love most. What happens then, when one of those people is gone?
Menopause is different for every woman and I have observed in my practice the mental health effects on woman going through menopause. When women between the ages of 40-60 come in for therapy with complaints they are “feeling depressed”, “angry”, “anxious”, “ I don’t recognize myself” wanting to divorce their husband and that they feel they are going “crazy”, I usually will ask them if they have seen their gynecologist for a hormone evaluation. I am not a medical doctor but have enough knowledge through personal experience, and many other women’s experiences. the noticeable changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause years. As a psychotherapist I take into account a person’s mind, body and spirit and since I discovered firsthand the sometimes debilitating symptoms associated with hormonal changes,