Does anyone experience anxiety when you make progress in your journey to getting better? Ironically, there is something about doing the inner work and becoming aware that is very scary and fear inducing. It is freeing but it is also terrifying at first. Because you are changing your state of mind and conscious perception of things, which is just a fancy way of saying change, and the brain doesn’t like change, it adheres to the familiar and known, to keeping the status quo, even if that means being in a constant state of pain and misery. So even though realizing what you are going through is TMS and that realization can be liberating and enough to eliminate the fear of the TMS, it can also produce fear now knowing that you no longer have any distractions and must now face your real life problems. And when you’re so accustomed to feeling negative feelings all the time, when you encounter a happy/positive event, it just feels so weird and unfamiliar that you become really suspicious of it. I’m starting to see things differently, and while a big part of me is excited about the new possibilities, I can definitely tell my brain just doesn’t like it and it’s producing a lot of anxiety in me.