I really resonated today with Dr. Shubiner's article on why women seem to have a greater incidence of TMS; see quote below. My neuralgia symptoms stopped the day I spontaneously stated to myself, " I am taking care of me now." The past week has been gruelling with enormous pressure to deliver and perform under very demanding circumstances ...which I did at the highest level of excellence, in commitment to my clients and the people who are counting on me. Result: Yesterday, after nearly 4 weeks of being TMS symptom free, I had a couple of small episodes, and realized that I had not been taking care of me. So I stopped and chilled and journaled and committed to a different pattern in the future. This is a truly important realization for me, that I need to put myself in the equation of my life,and not only is it imperative to do so - it is critically important for my ongoing health and recovery. "I have often noted that women with MBS are more likely to be more self-critical, self-blaming, feel more obligation, have a stronger sense of duty, worry excessively, take responsibility for external problems, be more caring about others, and be less likely to do things for themselves. I have found that when women take more time for themselves and begin to do more things for themselves and learn to “say no” sometimes to the needs or demands of others, their MBS symptoms rapidly improve."