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You Can Be Too Sensitive to Live in This World

Health & Wellness  (tags: creativity, temperament, mood disorders, bipolar disease, depression, sensitivity, artistic pursuits )

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A riveting look at mood disorders and creativity - is there a link? Does creativity spawn temperament, or does temperament spawn creativity?

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RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:06 am
A topic close to my heart, as I have no doubt my son - highly intelligent, highly creative - was affected by his sensitivity to the pain and suffering in the world, among his friends, and in his own life. I too suffer from this emotional oversensitivity at times, and hibernate from the world to escape it.

kat yazzie (400)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:22 am
This is certainly something to think about(for "normal" people...whatever THAT is...LOL), although I've actually wondered about it for quite some time! They could use me as an example here; I have certain mental disorders, and am highly creative. It's the old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg?!

Katie S (79)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:24 am
Interesting, thanks! Noted!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:31 am
I have the same issues Cate. Better to be too emotional, than to be emotionally crippled. It is a crazy and yet beautiful world that we live in. So, I think when you read between the lines, and see what sick things are really going on, and have a lot of empathy, but yet see the beauty in things, and how much better things could be, an emotional roller coaster is a logical result.

Of course chemical imbalances can make the roller coaster have a few more loops, and I'm on the fence regarding many of the fixes offered by Western medicine.

Echo ELES (264)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:33 am
I used to teach this great class called MANDALAS FOR HEALING, Drawing the Light from Within... look it up, it was therapeutic for all who participated.

Sara Stevens (65)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:36 am
I can totally relate to this as an overly sensitive person who has battled depression for most of my life. Where else would our creativity and ideas come from? This is evident in music, art, writing, etc. Our empathatic qualities are also difficult when we want to change the world and can't at the snap of a finger and we're too impatient to wait.
Thanks for sharing.

RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:37 am
I do find that taking an anti-anxiety drug helps me function, and I am grateful for that. Hyperanxiety has always been a problem for me, but the pill doesn't address the hypersensitivity that accompanies the acute awareness of both pain and beauty. A good thing for my creativity, a bad thing for everyday wear. Some days I just cannot face the world I am so riddled with emotional pain.

Gorilly Girl (339)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:40 am
Ombretta I am in the same boat with you. Too sensitive for this horrid world of ours. Yes I shut down also at times....


Tsandi Crew (95)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:43 am
I have always envied creative people who are happy....most of the time.

It's absolutely frustrating to the enth degree sometimes, to be ready to be creative and be thwarted by some event or person or situtation...Depression and anger enter very often.

And being sensitive and creative, we create all kinds of scenarios in our minds about what is behind someone remarking things, or just saying things, and I wish so much sometimes I could just be mainstream. It takes me a day or days to figure out what someone might be referring to in conversations where they are not specific. It keeps me from having great comebacks, and it makes me seem "out there" which I am.

Too sensitive? Indeed, yes. I want to live on another planet. Really really want to live on another planet.

RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:46 am
Some of you may be interested in my last blog: No Happy Ever After

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:46 am
Include me in all this!

I'm incredibly passionate about many things in life......Animals & trees. But for all my life I've been far too sensitive for my own good. I can sound really tough or flip to being utterly sad.....Depends on the situation.

We humans judge far too much whereas animals do not. I conclude man is nutz & the animals are sane!!


Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 8:02 am
I have the same issues Cate. Better to be too emotional, than to be emotionally crippled. It is a crazy and yet beautiful world that we live in. So, I think when you read between the lines, and see what sick things are really going on, and have a lot of empathy, but yet see the beauty in things, and how much better things could be, an emotional roller coaster is a logical result. Of course chemical imbalances can make the roller coaster have a few more loops, and I'm on the fence regarding many of the fixes offered by Western medicine.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 8:03 am
Didn't mean to post that twice, I thought it got deleted by a glitch 'cas I wasn't seeing it.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 8:08 am
Very interesting.

Dorothy Commander (61)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 8:13 am
I live in a very artsy community...and my observation is that about 30% of these creative people may be suffering from a mental disorder. Thanks for the story. Noted!

Pamylle G (461)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 8:24 am
Yes, yes, yes ! Witnessing cruelty, injustice or suffering has always derailed my ability to function, ever since I was a child. And I, too, tend to be reclusive because of this.

An interesting subject, as it can and must be discussed in a variety of disciplines. Where does temperment end and mental illness begin ? Health crisis or "dark night of the soul" ? Rumination or a thorough processing ?
Shall we medicate, or meditate ?

My parting thought: perhaps it says something about our world that such people cannot find a place in it.

Susan L (118)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 8:30 am
Very interesting!

MadMud Artist (433)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 8:35 am
As an artist, I must say...I think it is just that we so use our brains so much and our emotions are so tied to our creativity, well, you know, CAUSE AND EFFECT...somethings got to give.
I for one have not had the mental challenges specified..maybe I am just a natural born freak of nature,eh?

RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 8:41 am
A short, if extreme, illustration: When I was a working musician, living in Nashville at the time, I met an extremely talented horn player. John could really play, but unfortunately if he didn't take his lithium he was crazy as a bedbug. He had a very devoted significant other who kept on top of his medication schedule, but once in awhile he'd pretend to take it and then go bonkers. One night when he'd skipped his meds for 2 says he was playing downtown at a club, and after the gig he ran outside, stripped stark nekkid and ran around downtown until friends finally caught him. I remember him telling me, very seriously and sincerely, that the lithium made him feel bogged down, uncreative, and he could never really play with his soul when he was taking it. I often wonder whatever became of him - he was a tremendously talented, sweet soul with a tormented mind.

RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 8:44 am
That should be 2 days, folks...

Dave Kane (308)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 8:57 am
Yes -- this is a source of endless debate, but I believe that being 'depressed' can often be just another way of saying that you pay close attention to the world you inhabit. The trick, apparently, is to not let the suffering define you, but to recognize its source as being outside of you, not you, separate from you, and therefore capable of being placed under your control . . . Or somethng like that ; /

There is endless suffering in this world -- let's go to the main teaching of the Buddha ; )

The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha's teachings, though they leave much left unexplained. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering.

More simply put, suffering exists; it has a cause; it has an end; and it has a cause to bring about its end. The notion of suffering is not intended to convey a negative world view, but rather, a pragmatic perspective that deals with the world as it is, and attempts to rectify it. The concept of pleasure is not denied, but acknowledged as fleeting.

Here's a link to more about Buddhism:

And here's a link to more about depression and creativity ; /

ROBIN M (312)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 9:00 am
I too have closed my mind to the outside world in hopes of self preservation in hopes of coping with this life l lead. Here is a list of famous people if you wish to look. You will be amazed from astronauts, scientist to presidents.

ROBIN M (312)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 9:28 am
I too close my mind to the out side world in hopes of coping with this world we live in. Here is a list if you care to look, of famous people with bipolar. You will be amazed it ranges from astronauts, scientist to presidents.

Dave Kane (308)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 9:30 am
Geez -- did i post my comment on some other story by mistake? May be . . .

So . . . I've been interested in this topic since I discovered it a few years ago -- I have no doubt there is a connection between creativity and 'depression', or as I call it -- thinking too much! -- Creating entails thinking about things -- often over and over again. And there's where it can get you down -- Hey! we live in a pretty screwy world, and if you look around, pay attention, you will find many, many, things that get you upset, and the list is endless . . .

As Buddha said: Life is suffering -- get used to it!
Ok -- so I'm paraphrasing him ; / but here's the real deal:

The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha's teachings, though they leave much left unexplained [i don't agree with that, i think Buddha just went to the heart of the matter and wasn't interested in peripheral issues -- it is all about an end to suffering].

They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. More simply put, suffering exists; it has a cause; it has an end; and it has a cause to bring about its end.

The notion of suffering is not intended to convey a negative world view, but rather, a pragmatic perspective that deals with the world as it is, and attempts to rectify it. The concept of pleasure is not denied, but acknowledged as fleeting.

And this blog on the same topic:

Personally, I'd like to be happy, and I have made it a priority -- not so much to be happy, but to NOT BE depressed, to me, that's happiness ; /

And rather than calling it depression, maybe it's just taking things to personally -- things are not us, the world is not us, the tiny watcher who never sleeps, but is always observing, maybe that's us.


Joycey B (750)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 9:47 am
I am sensitive too about the world around me. Thanks for this article Cate.

Gorilly Girl (339)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 10:04 am
Yes I am too sensitive and I hate this world in which we inhabit. Too bad there isnt really a place for us to feel normal. I think most here are filled with passions that we hide from others so they dont think us crazy. Most know how I feel about animals and that is what get me depressed but then again that is also when I do my best writing...hummmmmmmm.

Big Gorilly Hugs

. (0)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 10:11 am
i was real sensitive then i had a stroke one day at a time is now i won't let myself get that way i don't want another stroke

Summer Daze (162)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 10:49 am
You can count me in. Too sensitive for my own good. I too have alienated myself from the world. We crawl into our shells so we don't have to deal with the pain. Good to know there are more out there like me. LOL. Sometimes....I fear....I am losing my mind! I have always been a very creative person. Noted with great thanks Cate!!!

. (0)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 11:07 am
I've been told that chess players, like many other creative thinkers suffer from manic-depression. Musicians and writers are another perfect example of intense chemical creativities of the mind.

I tend to use humor to keep my balance, and always hopefully in good taste!

I agree with: Dave Kane in the preceding comment line. Thank you Dave for those important links!


Sandra M Z (114)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 11:25 am
I'm creative, and MOODY(it's a bane to me, I've not yet been able to tame it). Who can know each person's depth of love, pain, know their experience, all nuances? To me, it's so personal, each soul's journey, who can really know it, feel it, like that self? So much of life is depressing(thank you Dave for Buddah info). It seems each individual must cope the best they can with their souls choice of life's experience, with what works best for them, for the optimum outcome despite the "lesson". There is always something to be thankful for as one looks around at the World, and I enjoy life! although many wouldn't think I do because I'm always talking about the stuff they might want to know, but don't want to really hear! I keep to myself mostly. Although, I am so drawn to Care2 where you hone in the people and issues, knowledge, that resonates with a person. What a resource WE all are!

Thank you all commentators for links, personal stories, more.

Thank you Cate for this article, I have thought this true for myself for a long time. I can see I'm in fine company, noted.


Mick Gill (119)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 11:30 am
this is totally true and a perfectionist creative

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 12:50 pm
"Tongue-tied and twisted just an earthbound misfit, I"


Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 1:11 pm
this hit home for me ty cate,i stopped all meds may try one again so i can do things i really enjoy but with my limits with being disabled will still not get the fullest from it ok .i'm cold going too bed

Louise L (48)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 1:58 pm
Has anyone else noticed that the absolute pillars of being artistic walk the line between sanity and insanity? Picasso, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Michaelangelo? There are times I wish I could pull into a shell, or just run away and hitchhike, and assume a new identity. Imagine being free.....but I could never do it. Too responsible! Thanks, Ombretta.

RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 2:26 pm
Not to mention Van Gogh, Louise..."the world was never meant for someone beautiful as you." I feel the same way about my IMHO you can leave Mr. Jackson out of that equation...I think his problems arose out of a tyrannical father and ashowbiz upbringing since babyhood.

Maureen S (35)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 3:46 pm
I am an empathic. I feel deeply the suffering of others and of animals. Some have called me "too sensitive." On the contrary, I think that many in this world are not sensitive enough or have enough compassion. It should be depressing and full of anxiety when humans see the cruelty in the world. Especially when they know it could be different. It is not easy living in this world of ours. I disagree with the experts if they are saying that creative people are bipolar or have a mental illness. Creative people are more sensitive to the vibes of what is happening around them. Dwelling on matters can be an involuntary reaction to the suffering in the world. I don't consider that mental illness. I do have depression and anxiety. My depression started after my mother died. Anxiety (or sensitivity, as I call it) will always be with me. I was born anxious. I see that I am in good company, though.

Gorilly Girl (339)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 3:55 pm
Maureen yes I to suffer from depression and anxiety...and I am very artsy fartsy...but I feel sometimes I am drifting over the edge....What edge you say??? I am not sure but I am able to shut it down before I go to far. Most times anyways. My empathy at times just leaves me crying in front of the computer from hearing what has happend to my friends here and what they are dealing with and then the animal issues really get me teetering out of balance...I guess I react with my words for I cannot get to them with me hands...LOL I also get to rambling...see.

Big Gorilly Hgus

Marion Y (322)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 4:32 pm
Good article, Cate, and I am sorry for what you have gone through. I can relate to your pain as I suffered for years (and still do at times) but refused to take medication...still refuse, but I would never recommend anyone stop taking theirs.

Dave Kane...Great advise. My issues involved extreme abuse at the hands of both parents, including being left to roam the streets for several years between 7-10, hiding from police, authorities, everyone. It also involved starvation, severe neglect and fear of other adults. The nightmares occasionally resurface today. Please, no pity. It is what it is. I've heard worse stories and am grateful to say I survived.

It is through various methods like spiritualism, holism, prayer, EFT, meditation, proper nutrition, healthy relationships, volunteering, being actively involved with others and such that I have been about to control depression, moods and emotional thinking which reverts me back to past problems that bring about the old unproductive situations. We learn that it is not others outside of us who are the problem, it is what is within us that continues to hold us down. The most difficult challenge was to stop blaming others and feeling sorry for myself. The only way to do this was accept myself with warts and all and work on myself. When I sometimes fall back, I quickly snap out of it. I monitor myself daily.

The answers truly lie within.

Denice G (45)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 4:50 pm
Thanks Cate, this is very interesting. Food for thought

Tuesday October 14, 2008, 4:50 pm
I have battled depression for 35 years. No medicine or mixture worked. Then last year I started taking 3,000 units of cod liver oil (omega 3) in capsual form. That has helped me a lot.Also I realized the past and the pain that I couldn't even recognize or events that trigured past feelings were brought to the surface by movies. Example: the movie Cinderella. Old Disney program the world never made seance to me. The new movie with Cinderella with Drew Barrymore I could save myself and not wait for my prince to come. Now I use all kinds of movies from past to present to help make sence of this crazy mixed up world. Right now I feel like I am in the past during my teen years again and I am dealing with a NIXON type of administration again. Then that reminds we of songs and I use them to help get the feelings out. As I do this I no longer have depression and yes the peace comes to me so that I don't try to do to much. There is even a group of nuns that are shut off from the world so to say because they are so sensitive that they just need to stay apart from the world so they can pray for what they need to and it even affects their mood also. Now that I can recognize this it makes life so much easier. Peace be with you.

Juliette Calderone (91)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 5:45 pm
Extremely interesting article .Thank you Ombretta.

Marion Y (322)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 6:43 pm
Lynda...Good for you for finding a solution. Nutrition is very important toward helping mental health, and cod liver oil is loaded with many helpful properties. I've never had treatment myself, but I have read that part of therapy is to take the patient back to the source of their pain or shock and have them relieve the negative experience and force a positive outcome. It seems you have been able to do this on your own. Bravo!

The nun story is interesting too. I have read that "getting away from it all" is healthy for everyone. Society is full of "noise," distractions and man-made activities that do not allow the mind to clear itself and let the spirit "center" itself. This must be done alone. Monks and priests know this well, which is why they regularly "go to the mountain" alone. When mental patients are in homes, the staff frequently take them to the ocean, mountains and even the desert. This is because there is little human activity or man-made structures around to distract the patients. Looking at nature and the awesomeness of it, tunes the patient into the vastness of the Universe and tends to bring them outside of themselves as they commune with something greater than themselves. We all need to be "unstuck" sometimes.
Meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, martial arts and other methods all can help.

Evelyn Z (300)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 6:59 pm
Been there, done that, and continue to do it = like the hi & low tides.

Thanks Cate

Deborah Hooper (59)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 8:25 pm
Late to the party again, I used to be so punctual!

I'm the same way. It was really bad when I worked in a Domestic Violence Shelter. I had ideas that would help, but no funding. I also had ideas that only required me to make phone calls and be involved. Still, I got too close and burned out within a year.

With age comes some wisdom and a bit more patience. I try to figure out what the real problem is and then work for the change. Many problems are systemic of something much larger. We can make ourselves crazy trying to fix it all instead of finding and correcting the real problem. It's like a computer that suddenly starts acting strange. Just little things here and there. Instead of looking for the real problem, a virus, we defrag the hard drive, clean out the temp files and the trash, while leaving the virus we should have looked for first.

Oh, John Micheal? Will you marry me? I know, your not in to older women, but I'm a sucker for the sensitive type. Eh, call me crazy! ;)

Darlene K (356)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 9:32 pm
Meditation, connect to the positive energy within, using strong INTENT in thought and emotion from the heart. Yoga, bring balance and good energy flow to the Mind and Body. Good smoke, when one becomes unstable with daily stress. Xanax, for red flag emergencies. Thank you Cate. Much Love...Namaste, Dar

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 9:50 pm
Really interesting. Thanks

Suruna WTF (38)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 11:37 pm
This has been incredibly beautiful. So many of like mind, spirit, and challenge. If all who have participated here could become a group, I would be so pleased. We all, ya me too, have so many issues in common. Comfort and near sanity will be enabled through like experience and support. I didn't 'hear' one person that didn't 'get it'.

This has been, possibly, the most worthwhile post I've encountered. We've been drawn here (C2), made some good friends and connections, yet we end up being scattered all over everywhere. Looking. For that meaningful connection.

I'm seriously proposing that we create that, a regular forum/group, I just don't know how. If it already exists to this degree of quality, would someone please let me know? In my experience, I grow and resolve best when engaged. It sounds like our isolation compounds our challenges. Here we are, all together, I'd like for it to continue. We can learn so much from one another. Learn coping and healing strategies, become comfortably functional.

If anyone is of like mind, do send me a note.

Blessings Be, dear friends....

Terri S (133)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 12:35 am
Thank you Cate for posting this very interesting article. I have suffered from depression, PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder since i was 21, due to the tragic loss of my brother. But i do feel often that i do feel too sensitive to live in this world and it can be induced by watching the news too much, missing my kids too much, as they are grown now, longing for a life partner and wondering if I might ever find him, feeling isolated from the world outside and purposely isolating myself because at times its just too much over stimuli for someone like me. that thinks and thinks and thinks. I can't even use Mary Jane as I become way too paranoid, due to my overactive mind. Thank you to David for his comment :As Buddha said: Life is suffering -- get used to it!
I am empathic and internalize a lot of the negativiity and if I don't practice the BE HERE NOW philosophy, I can spiral downward very quickly into a dark black hole. I have learned that I must take it minute by minute and appreciate even the littlest things in life to not spiral out of control. Thank you everyone for all of the interesting comments.
We have a group called Universal Empathy, which i am ashamed to say I haven't been up to mentally contributing to lately, but Suruna and others, if you are interested in joining please feel free to check it out...This article about sensitivity needs to be posted in the group
thanks again Cate for finding this
hugzzzz to all you wonderful caring Care2 people

Lynnzie S (40)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 12:48 am
Lots of 'interesting' comments on a very 'sensitive' subject. Thanks for ending this to me.

Lynnzie S (40)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 12:50 am
That's supposed to read sending and not ending - sorry!!

Maureen S (35)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 11:43 am
Suruna - there is a reason for everything. You wrote it out all so beautifully. I have read all these posts from lovely sensitive people. We were all drawn here for a purpose. In reading how each person is affected, it makes me feel so not alone. We share the same sensitivities. Our hearts and minds are on the same page. Suruna - I am going to send you a note. I think that talking about our anxiety, depression, feelings, thoughts is helpful.

Maureen S (35)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 12:26 pm
Stephanie Colson: I understand what you mean about the "edge." There is an invisible cliff that we all have and we know when we are going toward the dark tunnel. My tears for animals are relentless and the first animal video that really affected me was the cow video. It showed cows at a farm being shoved by machines/hilos. It was in the news and on the web. The pictures in my mind would not go away and I was devastated for days. It is hard for me to comprehend the cruelty. My greates asset is my giving heart, but it is also a weakness because I cry too many tears. It is so refreshing to be understood. Hugs.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 1:08 pm
I agree and can relate to all of you. I feel much the same. I think in order to be creative you have to be sensative to things around you it comes with the territory. Sometimes it gets very difficult. I almost hate to say this but I am glad I'm not alone.

Gorilly Girl (339)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 2:37 pm
I think to all I need to send out me Big Gorilly Hugs to you all....

Love yer silly Gorilly

Maureen S (35)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 2:40 pm
I love big hugs, Stephanie. We all need one to restore our strength to cope with conditions around us. Hugs back.

Annelies O (283)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 2:59 pm
I'm too am too sensetive for all the pain in the world, I carry it around on my shoudlers. It triggers my depression

EDGE M (257)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 3:40 pm
I AGREE 100 % !!!!!!

Maureen S (35)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 3:47 pm
Terri S. - I hear you and understand. That Universal Empathy group sounds like a good group. I will look for it. I sent Suruna a note also. Look at how many people here have valuable insight into these emotions. We all share a common ground. It helps to know we can reach out to others who are in the same mindset.

Ken S (38)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 5:22 pm
I struggle at times too.....but meditation has helped a lot....ken

lori r (13)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 6:12 pm
some say i am stuck in a rut...but i love it. it keeps me from going over the edge of the cliff. (In a "bubble" since the passing of my soulmate of 30 yrs.) I hear it's bad to let prolactin build in ones' system, but I've forgotten how to cry. My dear friends do it for me.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 7:37 pm
The research of Verhaeghen and colleagues shows when people are in a reflective mode, they may become more creative, depressed, or both. Previous research shows that when people are in a ruminating mode, they are more likely to be depressed, he said.

"If you think about stuff in your life and you start thinking about it again, and again, and again, and you kind of spiral away in this continuous rumination about what's happening to you and to the world -- people who do that are at risk for depression," he said.

That statement from the article is so true for me.

Cate I to just want to crawl in a hole and just sleep just to ease emotional pain. I do meditation and yoga at times to help. I use to take meds but I just can not do that any more. I found they give me headaches and just don't like side effects. I use natural herbs and magnesium. I have found that St.John's Wort does work.

I am an artist and sometimes energy from the world just gets to me so much. I feel right now, not bad but there is a low level of anxiety humming in the back ground because of elections and economy and my dad being very sick and my daughter with her digestive problems and school etc etc.. alot of c2 stories get to me so I had to stop reading the worst ones. The suffering in the world just mad me feel so helpless. The animal "crushing" stories were the worst for me!!!

Being creative and painting a watercolor of a horse eases some anxiety but only momentarily.

Good article thanks.


Deborah N (37)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 8:47 pm
I get too emotional my husband & others say,, than they call me wierd cuz i can cry when an animal dies or feel bad & say Poor Deer or Coonie when it gets hit.. I get migraines when life gets too harsh.. the dr. wants to put me on Anti-Depressants but I don't need them.. I have my lifts in life from the Creatures of the woods & all the pets around me.. that is my uppers.. but I am still on Relpax & Verapamils.. don't need no anti's tho... will fight that one.. when I get too far down I draw from my heritage .. that alone helps me tremendously... I am glad I am Wierd.... life is just right.. cept for all this inhumane shit I have come to know on here... even when I ain't on here I see what I saw in my head.. & I keep it to myself for no one would understand it but me & all of you on here..

Kathy W (299)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 9:08 pm
I wasn't going to comment on this story. But, I'm going to give you my 2 cents worth. I often feel as if I'm to sensitive for this world. This world can be quite overwhelming at times. When it gets to bad, I just close the walls around me and try and get myself together. Am so glad that I discovered Care2 with all of you wonderful people on here! Although some days it's like opening 'Pandora's Box', yet other days filled with much joy and happiness. So, thank you everyone! I could go on and on, but I won't. Hugs to you all. Thank you for this Cate.

Terri S (133)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 9:57 pm
Kathy i can't agree more with you and look how many of us there are that feel the same way....Being sensitive can really be a curse but at the same time as someone mentioned above ..i would rather be emotional than emotionally crippled..i lived with someone like that ..( me ex husband) and he was an alcoholic...that leads to never growing emotionally by stifling everything out with kids tease me too cuz i can cry at the littlest thing even in a comedy movie....that's just mom they say...!!!
Maureen it would be a pleasure to have you and any others join the group, its a great group of people, I just haven't been there lately myself ..when I am down ..i tend to isolate from everything .....except from one of Cate's many great articles!
hugzzzzzzzz to you all...

leila A (13)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 10:59 pm
i agree with you,cate,thanks.noted. i am a very sensitive person too,or am very concern of everything that happens around me and in this world we live in.But i think learning to cross check ourselves and put oneself in another person's shoes or just giving excuses and justifications for anything that hurts or annoys us gives us a sane picture and lessen the grief or depression one feels,so eventually we can get up and function normally again....

Tom M (814)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 11:52 pm
It's nice to know I'm not alone!

Janet Solomon (231)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 2:12 am
Good grief! It's just so damn LOUD!!! Constant overstimulation of all our senses in this big game to grab our attention---and hopefully our money, too. Bright colours, loud noises--constant parade of smells & tastes----it's a wonder we're not ALL hiding under the covers!
[but I had a brain injury, so perhaps I'm just noticing it more, post-coma hehe] xo

RC deWinter (418)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 4:06 am
I think what we are collectively saying is that humans have made a world, a modern society, that is not fit for humans. If we were zoo creatures, humans would complain that we were being kept in inhumane conditions. I'm not saying we should all revert to being hunter-gatherers, but wouldn't life be more livable without so much crowding, noise, as Janet mentioned, loud large signs and blinking lights, without so much pressure and yes, sometimes, so much information that causes many of us to feel that we cannot keep up. Not advocating a life of total insularity, mind you - but some days life is best when the outside world is avoided.

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 4:19 am
Amen Cate.....Amen!!!!!

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Thursday October 16, 2008, 8:04 am

Maureen S (35)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 11:00 am
I relate to the anxiety humming in the background, making me on "edge." The other part of me is the depression (which is depressed tears & sorrow). People have always called me weird, too sensistive, too responsible, too intense. Always in a negative content. However, all these qualities are positives when directed to the right medium. Being compassionate is needed in this world to end suffering. But being too compassionate can lead to tears, anxiety and depression Although my sensitivity is a two-edged sword, I would rather be a warm, loving, feeling person than a cold heartless unfeeling one. If it were not for the compassionate people, many injustices would not be rectified. Some of us take Paxil for depression or St. John's Wort or Sam-E. Some take Xanax for anxiety or Ativan. God allowed doctors to have these medicines to help us. One continuous pattern I see is that most of us have to regroup away from the loudness in the world. Overstimulation is too much for us, as are the directions on the tv clicker. Too much information. Too many cell phones interrupting our need for a quiet lunch or even in doctor's office - cell phones take over. Sensitive souls need quiet relaxing environments - not chaos. We need to know ourselves, assess what works for us, what doesn't, and our bodies will tell us when we are getting anxious or depressed in certain situations. We have to take care of us by avoiding too much chaos. Even when we come here to post on animal cruelty subjects - we have to do it in small doses and may have to avoid certain pictures or videos for our own sake. Because we know it will devastate us for days. It is not easy being "us." God Bless all of you to help you cope in this modern world. If you have any questions about how to deal with it, just send me a note, I would be glad to share info. Suruna has suggested our making a group out of this subject. We all have much to offer one another. Peace and Hugs to you.

Carolyn T (234)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:49 pm
Noted. I read this with keen interest as quite a few years of my life were spent working with gifted children and a very high percentage had such highly developed sensitivity that we watched over them carefully. I remember well when the Gulf War began and I received a frantic call from a parent over the holiday break and she tearfully begged me to talk with her son...who was distraught thinking that he might have left undone something to have made a difference. He had written letters to congressmen, the president, to world leaders, the UN Secretary General...editors of papers...on and on. He was only 10 years old at the time. The topic is of abiding interest to me and, I admit, that I am "a sensitive" myself and at the same time the first to make a joke or guffaw at one...but my feelings are easily stirred, run deep, and I play the tapes over and over in my head to be certain that I will handle matters better the next time.

Marion Y (322)
Friday October 17, 2008, 4:26 pm
Put one of these in every room, especially near electronic devices and even in the car. It will defuse the negative energy caused by interference with our biorhythms and personal energy. This is not my link, so I gain nothing from it. Just something that works for me and I hope it helps others.

Orgone for energy

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 5:44 pm
I realized very young (I was around 8) that I had a problem - I would get depressed when there was No Reason for it (at least not for me personally). I learned to controll it by ignoring it & trying Not to "get involved". So I know I came off as stand-offish, but self-defense & self-preservation is a basic instinct.. until it is over-ridden by something stronger: chemical (artificial or hyper-natural) or situations (parents often sacrifice for their children).
I don't know which causes which, sometimes I don't even realize I'm depressed until it's over.. but I was an "artist" in school & try to stay creative. I do know I tend to draw when happy & write when sad. But it manifests differently as I grow older.

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 5:51 pm
Bless you, Yvonne! We all grow and change and mellow out as we get older ...
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