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POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 6:20pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 6:21pm

Empty Nest Syndrome, or as many call it ENS is a feeling of sadness or abandonment that comes after a child leaves for college.

Many times the home starts to feel empty without the child around. Parents begin to miss the child's company, or constantly worry about their safety while they are away.

This syndrome effects thousands of parents each year as well as some siblings who feel left behind. Psychologist Stephen Westmoreland explains, "The family is virtually broken up, it's kind of like a divorce. The child has moved out, they've grown up and it does leave a vacuum for the child."

Signs of Empty Nest Syndrome include disorganization and being easily distracted with thoughts of the missing child.

Westmoreland says if you feel you have these symptoms, you need to distract yourself. "Do some things you've been putting off. Some things you now have time to do. You won't enjoy them as much, but doing them will help."

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