I used to have Dr. Sarno’s lecture video from the 90s. Old, but his points about social programming are still true. He gave the example of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and how so many people seemed to be getting it (it’s even worse now). Everyone these days ‘knows’ it’s because of posture, repetitive motion, etc. But he goes on to say decades ago people worked long hours on big, heavy, non-electric typewriters, and non-ergonomic chairs, yet there was almost no reported cases of wrist pain. So how is it that our lives are much easier physically, with less physically demanding jobs (for most of us), but chronic pain issues continue to skyrocket? We are taught through many means that our bodies are weak, and that’s getting worse too. In my opinion, this plays into the whole TMS idea because it’s just one more thing to stress about. Like Low said ‘feelings are not facts’. Just because your body feels weak doesn’t mean it is. I proved this to myself many times when I was at my worst. I’d feel so tired and weak, but I’d drag myself to the gym, and oddly enough once I got started I found my strength levels were fine. Keep going, and when things get bad just remind yourself it’s harmless. ‘Distressing but not dangerous’. You might not be able to stop a panic attack while it is occurring, but you can practice observing it. Don’t create what Weekes calls ‘secondary fear’ which is fear of the feelings/thoughts, because it just creates an entirely new burst of fear hormone release. There is an interview on YouTube somewhere with her where she mentions she would occasionally wake up in the middle of the night with a panic attack. The interviewer asked her ‘what do you when that happens?’ and she just kinda laughed and said ‘oh it’s just more of an annoyance, so I just wait to fall back to sleep.’ No fear, no ‘woe is me!’ Just a ‘meh!’ and she was able to fall back to sleep. Takes practice but it can be done.