My son has been at basic training for almost two months and I’m having a hard time adjusting. I’m at the point where I don’t even want to go to bed or turn the lights off. He’s left before for brief periods, but now it’s obviously for good. I’m so proud of him but I can’t seem to adjust. I don’t do much other than work. If I’m not working, I just sit at home. I can go days without human contact. I was diagnosed with depression and social anxiety disorder back in 2002, so it’s an ongoing issue, but it’s worse now that I’m alone. I keep telling myself I don’t want to be here anymore. I have no emotional attachment to the place I’m currently living. I have the urge to move closer to where my son is, or where he’ll be based. As a parent, we know this day will come. I guess I didn’t really plan for it or think about how it might affect me. People tell me to move on with my life, But I honestly don’t want to. Whenever I picture my son, I picture him as a young child. I guess I can’t get over the past.Empty Nest Syndrome?
Empty Nest Syndrome?
Yes this is inevitable for us as parents, but it is also a time to celebrate his growth and make necessary changes in your own life.
You have good reason to be proud of your son as he takes on the responsibilities of an adult. Your work now is to take on the responsibilities of being a capable and self-reliant father by dealing with your isolation. First and foremost you need to be connected to others. At the one end I would encourage you to join a support group for those in the armed forces and you can get that information here.
Don’t wait. There is help available and the time to get it is now.
Wishing you patience and peace,
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