This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question am i right in thinking that anxiety can be both prim brain percieving a threat and getting us ready for flight / flight (everyone can get this) but that it can also be a tms equivalent if we are scared and preoccupied by anxiety and that actually it can also be a symptom imperative in that the mind can try to hook us with another symptom so it doesnt lose it's means of protecting us ? The reason for my thinking is that just as the mind can hijack pain signals to scare / distract us i guess it can also hijack the nervous system and create feelings of anxiety . And as not all pain is tms, not all anxiety is a symtpom imperative, sometimes it is just our prim brain perceving a threat and getting ready for flight / flight . Does that make sense? and im guessing that the appraoch to anxiety whether symptom imperative or prim brain perceiving a threat, i treat it the same ? one last thing, when you ask people if new symptoms keep cropping up to get underneath it and find out what feelings and emotions are there do you mean as in how am i treating myself ? im i scaring , pressuring, being aggressive to self perhaps also to notice if any feelings of sadness or anger or fear were there just before pain , rather than looking for something deep and dark in the unsconscious ? i have a tendancy to fear that there is something bad there ! when really i think its day to day things that are coming up - the reason i say this is i had three months pain free so surely if there was an unconscious deep dark threat i would not have had those pain free months and is this still ok ? ive been viewing anxiety as whats underneath the pain as it were, that once the pain looses its ability to scare and preoccupy us , the prim brain is still scared, still viewing things as 'threats' and so we feel anxious . sorry feel like ive gone on but really appreciate your time.