Thanks to Eric for having me post this topic in the IFS section. I was poking around the forums and found the IFS section and right away I recognized it as the logic my therapist might be trying to use to help my newly found anxiety that is a residual from a health scare I had. Njoy and Jay - Eric said you might be able to provide some insight. Quick background on my childhood. At the time I thought it was perfect. Now that I am old and have my own son and wife, I really how imperfect it was. My parents fought all the time. My mother wasn't a soother. My half sisters were trouble makers who added family stress. My mother cheated on my father and they divorced at age 11. I lived with my father from then on. He had to work two jobs so I basically raised myself. Current life, have a stressful IT job where I am up against deadlines. I developed health anxiety back in 2009 with a misdiagnosis. That lead to a few more health scares since then not including my latest that got better once I had health tests. This last once convinced me I had MS due to some leg issues. I actually applied TMS to this and began to run and the leg issues went away. They settled in my head with tension style headaches and vision issues. I was cleared of any medical issues with an MRI on Friday but the anxiety has not gone away nor has the head tension. My therapist mentioned the firefighters and drew up a complete family tree on me asking me to describe each person in 3 words. What I am struggling with is this..... how did my health scare trigger my childhood exiles? That appears to be the traumatic event that brought whatever it is out and has caused me to obsess over my anxiety and head issues. Is it possible that I have an exile from my anxiety scares or is it always childhood related? Just curious if you have any insight on how I should start approaching my thoughts on it.