As a child I could feel emotions that made me feel crazy. Now as a adult I need to control or at least understand my empathic abilities (which are emotional feeling, clairaudiance,clairvoyance, precognition, absorbing emotions of others and healing, all this comes at random and not in my control at all) or I fear it will consume me as I am a VERY emotional person. I found that meditating and visualizing daily is helping me following and trust my instincts as to who I'm feeling.
My intuition/empath has always been screaming at me to listen. I find that my empathic abilities are in beta (the physical senses) alpha (the gut feelings and emotions just under) and delta (the voice when I telepathically connect to another's emotions and thoughts) since I have been learning this and about how it works. I find that it has been feeling more manageable, as well as helping me understand it better. I'm not saying I'm a pro or professional of any kind, but for me I am happier that I can tell the difference between my emotions and who I'm feeling which I never had before, before that I was ALL over the place and felt alone. In constant "pain" medication couldn't cure as it wasn't the right cure.
I'm learning a lot now about myself and finally feeling freer. I've done ALOT of internet searches and read a lot of books. So now everyday I practice "looking ahead" like before I go to work I guess who is wearing a certain color or if its a t-shirt or sweater etc. Then I keep a dream journal and I'm always writing down any psychic experiences, it can be predicting who will call or what someone says before they say it. I find it helps my intuition and makes it more defined. I also practice tarot (my personal choice) to help me focus my empathic/intuition. I practice tapping points called EFT or emotional freedom technique to release negative energies that I have picked up on I found it on this web site (http://hubpages.com/hub/Empath-Advice-How-to-Get-Rid-of-Other-Peoples-Energy)
Its a lot I know, but after years of researching on the net and reading I am feeling more in control or at least understanding it all. I hope this helps someone who's feeling like me:)