There was a line in today's readings: "Overcoming the fear and anxiety attributed to your symptoms is the key to recovery." I know this is true, and yet this is by far the biggest challenge for me. I've gained so much from adjusting my thinking around my pain through TMS, but if I'm honest I'm not doing much better when it comes to The Fear. My symptoms are vertigo, and an attack makes me unable to function at all, unable to move my head without the world spinning wildly - all I can do is sit on the floor wherever I am, take my pills and wait it out. Without being dramatic, it's the most unpleasant and disorienting sensation I've ever felt. This is where anxiety comes in. What if it happens when I'm out in the middle of the street in traffic? When I'm alone? I'm not at the point yet where I've completely eliminated my symptoms, and I'm finding it SO hard to not feel anxious when they can be this extreme and debilitating. I don't feel able to go in to work right now, and I spend a lot of time at home. I'm reading Claire Weekes and seeing a counsellor and doing mindfulness to deal with the anxiety. I'm doing a little bit each day to practice doing normal things, like walking, shopping, seeing people, building my confidence bit by bit. But it's so hard sometimes. I'd love to hear about your own experiences.