I’d heard of and actually treated women who were going through the “empty nest syndrome’ and really? I thought it was just rubbish. Who wouldn’t be just stoked to be free and not answerable to the confines of family life. Who could possibly fall into a deep depression when the kids are all gone?!
For most women I’ve spoken to a midlife crisis happens for 2 reasons, either some major life changing event occurs or a gentle awakening that the kids are sort of ok, the partner is pretty happy and so are they, so it’s time to immerse themselves in the deep sense of being themselves – as opposed to being the person they have become.