Kind of a weird title for this post and I would appreciate anybody's feedback including doctors if they see this on the Q & A section. I've seen a lot of talk about the best ways to deal with fear and they usually deal with facing your fears by doing the activities that cause anxiety for you. For instance, Forest mentioned that he started typing even though he feared it and he started to realize after that there wasn't anything to fear because he wasn't being harmed by it. My question is a little different though: What happens if you face your fears on a daily basis but you're fearing them as you're doing them? In my case I fear the pain I experience when looking at objects up close, or looking at the computer because of eye strain. I still do these tasks every single day but as I'm doing them I fear them so it's increasing my pain levels. How do you break this cycle of fearing activites as you're doing them? It's not enough to simply do them and then all of a sudden the fear is gone (at least in my case). I just push through it and in the back of my mind the fear still exists. I believe Dr. Zafirides said the best way to overcome your fear is to face them but what happens when you're facing them but still fearing them? Like if I'm watching a movie on TV Im doing the activity I fear but I'm still thinking in my head "oh this might cause more pain by watching this movie" or whatever the case may be. Sometimes I don't fear it as much as other times it varies based on the day. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to overcome this? It's definitely part of the problem when you're doing something and in the back of your mind you keep thinking about the pain and how what you're doing may be affecting it. I would call it symptom checking.