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Depression In Relation To Being A Natural Empath


aquelle

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I for one am a highly sensitive person (HSP) it seems to me that people with this level sensitivity may be highly prone to depression due to their abilities. PM me for links with more information on the subject and would be interested in hearing responses on any possible correlations or personal abilities to relate to this.

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I for one am a highly sensitive person (HSP) it seems to me that people with this level sensitivity may be highly prone to depression due to their abilities. PM me for links with more information on the subject and would be interested in hearing responses on any possible correlations or personal abilities to relate to this.

Hi aquelle,

I'm an HSP as well and have been studying depression and personal development for quite some time and in my experience, a LOT of HSPs are prone to depression. A way to turn the world "off", don't you think?

It's like shutting down the overstimulation, a complete burn out. That was my experience anyway.

She actually has a book out called something like Psychotherapy for HSPs: How the majority of people in therapy are in the minority (I totally butchered that title!)

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I didn't even know there was a word for it... Highly Sensitive Person...HSP.

I thought I was all alone! It's good to see I'm not the only Empath or as you put it HSP around. I do firmly believe that us HSPs are indeed prone to depression because of our sensitivities.

I'd be interested in the links you have.

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I am also a HSP and I think it definitely has some relationship to/with depression and anxiety.

It is a very interesting subject. I've researched it some online and there is a lot of info out there.

Some of the traits are:

  • Shy, introverted (although sometimes socially extroverted)
  • Aware of other's emotions
  • Learned to mask emotions early on
  • Low toelrance to noise/glaring lights
  • Have more body awareness
  • Feel like a misfit
  • Comfortable being alone
  • Often overlooked for promotion
  • Difficulty in relationships
  • Childhood wounds more devastating
  • Greater capacity for inner searching

There are many more traits you can find by doing a search.

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Here are some questions from the HSP "test"

  • Do you feel bothered by loud music?
  • Are you often moved to tears by fine art or beautiful music?
  • Do you startle easily compared to others?
  • Do you get easily affected by others moods around you?
  • Are you easily overwhelmed by bright light, strong odors, rough surfaces, etc.?
  • Do you like violent movies?
  • Do you like to plan your life in advance?
  • Are you okay with last minute activities?
  • Do you often feel the need to shut yourself away from the world and go off by yourself for sometime?
  • Are you good with details?
  • Does a lot of activity around you ruffle you?
  • Do you have an inner world and daydream of an alternative life?
  • Does multitasking annoy you?

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