What are people's perspectives on this? (If any experts can weigh in, too, that would be great). My specific question regards the fear/anxiety that TMS brings. I've had a good week overall. I'm used to the "fear thoughts" to some degree and Alan has/is teaching me ways of dealing. Realizing that the fear is PART of TMS is a big part. Yelling at the internal bully (with varying degrees of intensity and success) for producing the fear thoughts is another, putting them in their place. Hopefully the road towards being TMS free. But TMS is persistent and stubborn, and fears come back. They always come back. At this moment, despite minimal pain episodes *earlier*, I feel fear. Fear is compelling. Fear breeds pain. I have both fear and pain. So my question is, is it appropriate to take as-needed anxiety medications during the recovery from the fears? I liken this to the question about the use of pain medication during the recovery (I don't take narcotics/opiates and never have, and have no desire to, partly because I don't want to mask symptoms instead of dealing with them. Slippery slope...) I've tried prescription-strength NSAIDs for painful episodes and they do NOTHING, limiting my options (and inducing more fear. "OMG, I have nothing to tide me over for this pain.") After all, I've had eczema since childhood that I suspect is TMS-related; I have no hesitation, though, about using prescription steroid skin creams to "control" the symptoms in this particular case... But if I *do* pop the occasional Xanax or Valium to help me deal (of which I have a very limited supply), am I giving in? Even worse, "thinking physical" (neurotransmitters and stuff)? I struggle with this because I'm really afraid of developing an addiction or something crazy like that (even though I typically don't take a dose more frequently than, say, once a week). (Doesn't help that we had a hotshot surgical attending give an impassioned lecture against drug abuse at the beginning of the year. The tableaux was his personal journey OUT of addiction to narcotics for severe, unremitting headaches during his residency *sing-song* 'TMS!!!') I'm afraid of compounding the TMS problem with another problem (drug addiction). I'm scared of something that ironically does provide some relief/a brief reprieve. I'm scared of benzo's. Most docs frown on benzo's. I'm just scared.