I started feeling other people's emotions when I was about eight years old. Which wasn't the best time for me, mostly because there was a lot going on at the time. My family was basically falling apart, and I had my own pains to worry about, and having the pain of my family thrust upon me was beyond horrible. For two years I was practically a hermit, I'd sit in my room and refused to come out.
My mother sent me to a shrink which I hated going to mostly because I didn't like the feelings that the other patients were feeling. And because I was scared to tell anyone the real reason I was acting the way I was, because I was scared that they would send me away or something.
It wasn't fair to have to go through my own pains and the ones around me as well. It was the hardest time of my life. But I managed to start being able to concentrate hard enough to where I could deflect other's emotions so I didn't feel them as strongly. And soon enough I had taught myself how to not feel them at all, now I can control how much and when I feel someone's emotions. And it's the greatest thing ever. No more surprises, no more breaking down, no more seclusion. I have finally been able to accept my ability as what it is, a gift. And I can finally use it to help others, and that's the best.
I love helping people, and I hope that I'll be able to help more and more people as I grow to understand my ability over the years to come. And I hope that I will be of some help to others who are Empaths. Because I know just how hard it can be, so don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or need some advice.