My whole life I have just always thought I have depression/anxiety. I've been through therapy, when I was on my medication it made me just feel like a zombie, no emotion whatsoever... I did not feel like myself even at a low dose of 20 mg. I have no reason to be depressed or to have anxiety I never knew what an empath was until about a year ago a life long friend of mine of 23 years told me that she thinks I am an empath and she told me why she thought that way. I've been like this as long as I can remember, just never knew there was a word for it. I pick up on others emotions constantly, I know how they are feeling and sometimes I even know what they are thinking. A lot of the time before someone tells me how they feel or what is on their mind already know. I get this weird tingling vibration that goes through my veins and my hands when I'm picking up on emotions and sometimes the back of my skull has a pulsing vibration also. I get extremely overwhelmed in crowds, I burn up to the point where my body feels like it's on fire. It's not a paranoia thing either just all the energy I can feel it and it overwhelms me, I don't really know how to explain it and maybe someone else understands? I tend to stay home a lot of the time because it gets to be a little too much going out with my friends. I just don't know how to control any of it? I can't click the switch on or off it just happens. I can feel others pain sometimes too, like physically. When someone is upset I will get a sick feeling or a pain in my chest. Maybe I'm crazy or maybe someone else will understand and have some input? I'd like to know how to control it and maybe even get better at it, I don't hate having the "ability" would just like to understand it more.