Seems the women in my line are "empaths". Many empaths don't understand what is occurring within them. They literally have no idea that another person's emotions are now felt, as one's own and reflected outwardly. They are confused as to how one moment all was well, and then the next, they feel so depressed, alone, etc.
Often I question myself; "what is wrong with you?" Or try to calm myself down when I don't understand why I'm feeling a certain way. This condition was particularly uncomfortable and hard while raising teenagers and taking care of an ailing spouse. It's also extremely difficult to watch the news.
I take on the emotions of those around me. If you are feeling angry, I can feel it the minute you walk in the room. Anxiety is an issue with me. I am just now realizing much of it is not my own.
I'm not quite sure if there is anything I can do about this situation, I'm not even sure I should or want to. All I know is, it's time to get off antidepressants and work toward ferreting out where these emotions are coming from before I claim them as my own.
Fantasizing the freedom to let go of unhealthy emotional turmoil.