I know this may sound odd, but I'm wondering if anyone here identifies as an Empath or Emotionally Intuitive?
I am extremely sensitive to the emotions of people around me, and can even feel the emotions of good friends who live across the country. I don't even have to be in the same room as the person to feel their emotions. When I feel another person's emotions, I feel them as if they are my own. Most of the time I can distinguish between my own emotions and those of other people, because the sensation is slightly different from the origins of my own emotions. This allows me to help the people around me when they are struggling, but it is quite draining for me.
The reason I ask this is because I'm wondering if taking on so many other's emotions is contributing, at least in part, to my FND symptoms. I have been working with a therapist (who has experience treating Conversion Disorder) for over a year now. She has said on a number of occasions that I am one of the most efficient emotional processors that she's ever worked with. Because of this, she has a very difficult time with my neurologist insisting that my symptoms have an emotional basis...at least as far as my own experiences are concerned.
I live in an emotionally charged house, due to my husband and children having varying degrees of Autism Spectrum Disorder. And all 5 of us have varying degrees of Sensory Processing Disorder. The times when my symptoms are the worst is when I am overly tired. And when I am exposed to high levels of other people's emotional energy, it is certainly exhausting! Because I am able to process my emotions well, I'm wondering if my lack of ability to process other people's emotions is something I need to explore.
Anyone else have experience with this?