Our expert says:
Some really good moms experience problems of this sort when they face the prospect of their loved child keaving hom and moving on in life. Of course you want them to be able to do that, to become adults and live their own lives, BUT - if you have let your life centre too excessively around them, you may fear having nothing else after she leaves - its wise, just as a worker should prepare over the years for retirement, ( something worth considering in general, in HR ).
Some of the light you think she may take with her is reflected light, from you, its source. Some is her own light, but which she only developed because fo you and your love.
The time to seek help is Now - whenever anxiety and depression reach a point that they start to interfere with your work and home life, intervention is wise. Counselling is really important now, to work towards bein able to enjoy your daighter's growing up, develop an even more interesting relatiomnship with her, and also to develop your own life and find new ways to feel fulfilled.
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