Discerning spiritual realms and free spirits (those within the physical realm) is an interesting ability, sometimes even a little hindering. I for one have the ability, and while I was in high school it became a real problem.
I was learning more about my other, and while doing so my powers, not just this one, grew, or matured.
It became difficult to go to school, because I felt spiritual things around people, saw auras, and felt the presence of hovering malicious spirits. This was not a normal thing at the time to me, and so coping with it proved difficult.
Now I can look at a house, and feel its history. I can see a picture and "feel" the spirituality of the people photographed. I can do the same with people now that I have focused the ability.
Because of this I can usually tell when I'm being told the truth or not.
At first it was all overwhelming, but it soon became second nature.
(My abilities now work in complete unison, although at one time they conflicted.)
At first I felt:
-Sick (The overwhelming spiritual static was sickening.)
-Frustrated (The ability conflicted with my life and other abilities.)
-Nervous (I could feel the other spirits within the bodies. What wrong they had done, or done to them.)
-Alone (I didn't really know who I was, and questioned why I had the gift.)
-Crazy (Yeah, you would too.)
But I soon came to terms with it, and learned to control it, like a heightened psychic awareness, which I believe is common for my kind.
In fact, it was by the prodding of my other, through the discernment, that I came to realize True Self, and thus this community.
If anyone is struggling with something similar, feel free to comment or ask questions.
"Give to me a moment, and I will offer you eternity."- Sariel