Understanding Behaviour

Traits of Empaths:

  • You are sensitive to harsh lights, strong smells
  • You may also hate crowded places such as shopping plazas, train stations or just too many people in the same room
  • You can always tell how someone else feels, even if they tell you something else
  • If you see someone in distress, pain or who is suffering, you will automatically feel bad along with them
  • You and others consider yourself a highly sensitive person
  • You are drawn to animals and nature. You may feel the need to be outdoors often in order to neutralize negative emotions you take on from others
  • Empaths tend to listen to a broad range of music genres. Their music preferences are influenced by their varying emotional states. They can be deeply affected by the lyrics in a song
  • Watching violence, cruelty or tragedy on the TV is unbearable
  • Constant fatigue: Empaths often get drained of energy, either from energy vampires or just taking on too much from others

Interesting links
The Open Mind
The Mind Unleashed
My Silent Echo – The Book of Storms
Emotional Empath

I stumbled across this article 20 Things to Remember if you Love a person with ADD, and decided to share a few points as it sounded very familiar to my own life and/or experiences by those closest to me…

  • You never know what to say. It’s like walking through a minefield. You tiptoe around; unsure which step (or word) will be the one that sets off an explosion of emotion.
  • From emotional outbursts to polar opposite extremes; ADD presents several behaviors that can be harmful to relationships. ADD is a mysterious condition of opposites and extremes. For instance, when it comes to concentration, people with ADD cannot concentrate when they are emotional or when their thoughts are distracted. However, when they are interested in a specific topic, they zone in so deep that it’s hard to pull them out of that zone. Starting a project is a challenge; but stopping it is an even bigger challenge.
  • They have an active mind – The ADD brain doesn’t stop. There’s no on/off switch. There are no brakes that bring it to a halt. It is a burden that one must learn to manage.
  • They become anxious easily – As deep thinkers, they are sensitive to whatever is going on around them. Being in a noisy restaurant can sound like you are standing in the front row at a Metallica concert. A depressing news snippet can set them into end-of-the-world mode.
  • They can’t concentrate when they are emotional – If there is something worrisome going on, or if they are upset, a person with ADD cannot think of anything else. This makes concentration on work, conversation, and social situations almost impossible.
  • They are impatient and fidgety – Annoyed easily, wanting things to happen immediately, and constantly playing with their phones, twirling their hair, or bouncing their leg up and down; a person with ADD needs constant motion. It’s a calming Zen activity for them.

PMDD – Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Many women experience abdominal pain or a headache, are tense, sad and irritable or feel bloated and uncomfortable in the days leading up to their period. The medical term for this is “premenstrual syndrome” (PMS), also known as “premenstrual tension” (PMT). PMS symptoms are usually not very severe, and most women cope well with them. But some women have such severe PMS that they are unable to go about their everyday lives during that time.

Emotional symptoms are generally present, and in PMDD, mood symptoms are dominant.  Substantial disruption to personal relationships is typical for women with PMDD. Anxiety, anger, and depression may also occur. The main symptoms, which can be disabling, include:

  • Feelings of sadness or despair, or even thoughts of suicide
  • Feelings of tension or anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Mood swings or frequent crying
  • Lasting irritability or anger that affects other people
  • Lack of interest in daily activities and relationships
  • Trouble thinking or focusing
  • Tiredness or low energy
  • Food cravings or binge eating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling out of control
  • Physical symptoms, such as bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, and joint or muscle pain

The symptoms occur during the week before menstruation, and go away once it starts. A diagnosis of PMDD requires the presence of at least five of these symptoms

Discovering these articles was a blessing for me in understanding more about myself.