Now I wouldn't quote me on this, because I'm not sure myself. But when I used to take Zoloft, I couldn't feel much emotion whatsoever. I was in a numb state most of the time until the day I got released off of taking antidepressants. So in my opinion, I didn't know about my empathic abilities until then. But like I said don't quote me on that, that's just my experience and opinion.