I have been dealing with problems because of my empathy for years and never realized why. I started to get an inkling of what was causing the problems I suffered due to this over the last couple of years. But I have only just felt able to talk about the problem after 3 encounters with psychics over the last couple of months.
It started when I was in school - I didn't realize at the time, but we had some serious issues in the family. I started to get upset all the time for no apparent reason.
When I was in college I met a friend who I had a real connection with. We used to do Psychology and did remote viewing experiments and were about 90% accurate with our drawings. I didn't know at the time but she was self harming, and again for no apparent reason I started to do it too. It was a long time before we actually revealed to each other what we were doing, but she has stopped now thank God and so have I, now I have lost contact with her.
My mum had a bit of a revelation when I was about 21 and her emotional torment consumed me for years. I am starting to deal with it a lot better now but still get upset for no apparent reason when I'm around her.
A couple of years ago I was DJing in a very small pub and had to stop because I started having fits when I was in cramped crowds of people.
The empathy I feel has made me somewhat of a loner as I have got older - I still have my friends but keep them at a safe distance now.
Sometimes I can't even go to the supermarket because I can't be around so many people and get really angry when I go there (I often end up storming out). Sometimes I am fine and must be controlling it, but other times I can't cope with the loud noises and overwhelming stress when I go out.
I'd like to hear from anyone who has had experience dealing with their empathy, because I'm now 27 years old and it affects my relationships and I do just want to be happy.