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Posted - 10/22/2017 : 22:12:27 Hi friends,
I live in Northern California a bit South of where the recent fires were happening. But we had such bad smoke that I felt I had to get out of the Bay Area for a few days as my lungs were hurting. And there were times when I was wondering if I needed to pack a suitcase and have it ready to leave ó many people had to suddenly run for their lives. Many people I know were panicking and repeating terrible stories ó and thatís just by email. I donít do Facebook.
And I have a friend whose house was burned down.
On top of a lot of other stuff Iím going through, it seemed to really exacerbate some symptoms that I have only had in a small way ó hand pain. It got to the point where I realized that I thought I was scared about my symptoms, which were therefore multiplying to distract me further, to a ridiculous extent that could scarcely be an organic illness. Then I realized that in addition to whatever anxiety I often have (ageing, living alone, etc.) I now had some extra fear. And while a lot of my friends just seem to enjoy awfulizing about what is going on in the world, I hate doing that, but my body seems to do its own version
Iím sure the general collective anxiety and the number of people whose lives and security have been threatened has increased TMS. On the TMS Wiki there is a free TMS course by Allan Gordon in which he is talking a lot about patterns of fear. I found it very helpful.