My childhood was the worst part of my life, by a landslide. Have you ever lost an entire batch of your inner circle, your family, without being able to make sense of it? My ex's dog cries and claws at the door when my ex leaves. It used to drive me insane.
I think I am an empath. I tend to know you before you know me. Especially the darker parts, things to watch out for. My friend told me this can come from childhood abuse. But I would not classify my child self as abused. By fate though... maybe.