I was told at a young age by my Gma that I was an empath. I never gave it a second thought. When I was a teen I was always angry and just wanting to be by myself all the time. As a young adult I got into drugs and alcohol which helped me tune it all out and allow me to have a good time around people. Then I started seeing psychiatrists and therapists and all the prescriptions they gave me also tuned my abilities out. I was still depressed. Sometimes for weeks at a time for no reason. I took a conscience decision to get off all meds and stay away from drugs and alcohol too. It too 4 months for all medication to leave my system and it was like I was a teenager again, still no clue what's actually going on with me. Back in April of last year I started researching and that lead to meditating. Then that lead to me learning how to "filter" everyone else's feelings out. Daily I meditate and cleans my chakras and aura. I am in process of learning how to heal too. I'm excited about my future now. I have actually recently felt my own happiness! I have discovered that I'm a natural with tarot card readings too but I am still learning boundaries with other people. I've always wanted to help people but some people don't want the help. A word of warning though, there's a lot of minuplative people out there who will take advantage of your empathy. I hate to tell people no but this past year I have used that word a lot and haven't had no more than 2 "off" days since the past 10 months whereas before it seemed like every other day was an "off" day! Good luck to you and your path! Just know being an empath is a blessing! Learn to "throw out the garbage" daily and recharge often!