I'm still running after the consequences of spending some time in overload. I'm still shut down, unable to even make a conversation. If you're an empath and you're feeling sad, apathetic, stressed out, worried, pained, disconnected, vulnerable, lost and disturbed for quite some time, you will eventually reach a point of no return. It's not exactly of no return... but it's a point in which the amount of energy you need to get you back to life is really big. If I hadn't dismissed the early signs of needing to shut down and leave, my emotional scale wouldn't be this damaged.