This is long, I apologise. Hi, I've just joined the forum. I'm in the process of reading Dr. Sarno's book for the first time. I actually only bought it yesterday. I had heard about it before but didn't read it. It's amazing how much, even so far, it seems to apply to me. I used to have IBS as a child, along with other problems such as hives, frequent UIs and things like that. I knew my life was stressful, but only recently did I put a reason or name to why. My parents are narcissists. My Mother is especially bad and caused and causes me (and my siblings) numerous problems. Since moving out of that houses my symptoms have eased. I notice that my IBS and UIs come back when I'm stressed. I just never put everything together before. Now I'm 30 years old, I've moved countries and careers. I'm currently living and working in Japan and I partly think I moved to get some distance (both emotional and physical) from my crazy mother. I also moved because I wanted to. I wanted to see other places, live there, experience the world and all that. But since coming here I've heard nothing from my mother except "When are you coming home?" and indeed she constantly implies that I'm an idiot for leaving home, I should be tending to her and all that sort of stuff. I've gone low contact with her to save myself, but it wasn't in time. Here's the kicker. I was doing very well, living my life as I wanted to, etc. Then the big Japan earthquake came.. I'm nowhere near the stricken area, by the way. I'm actually 1000km from that area. But still, my mother overreacted. She went mental. And harassed me to come home, to leave, drop everything about my life and work and come back home immediately. When I say harrassed, I mean that I had to filter my emails, divert my phone, divert my cellphone and other methods. I had to filter calls from siblings too as she had managed to convince them that I was dead, and here's the best one: that I was in a cult and that's why I'm not calling her every day. She lies to everyone constantly and managed to persuade my family members that there was something wrong with me and I was in trouble so everyone should tell me to come home. I was getting upwards of 20 to 30 phone calls a day, at work and when trying to relax. I couldn't take a breath! They have, thankfully, wised up to her manipulation since. Anyway, sorry about the long story. But after and during that I was very stressed. I had never had acne in my life before but it came then and it came with a vengence. It was all over my scalp and face and chest, it continued for months, and even now it comes and goes when I'm stressed or anxious. I never had allergies either, and according to numerous bloodwork and allergy tests, I still don't, but I have to take 2 x 24 hour zirtec every day now. Then I had an allergy to penicillin, although now i'm not so sure it was an allergy. Oh yeah, I should probably mention that I've been on a constant string of antibiotics for months too, and I had no idea why I was constantly sick all of a sudden, nor had any of my doctors. I even had the doctor test me for autoimmune diseases with negative results. I'm off the antibiotics now and hope to remain that way, but the allergies are moving around. I'm still taking the zirtec for respiratory problems but now, on and off, the skin conditions vary between eczema, dermatitis and acne in different places. At the moment it's flaring on my chin, since yesterday. I'm pretty sure, after only having read a little of this book, that all of these things are psychosomatic for me. I need to learn to deal with this and get a hold on my subconscious. I am happy this forum exists. I am starting my journey today. I have never commented on one of these forums before. Any advice on how best to use this site? Is the Educational forum a step by step workthrough or mostly support? Any information anyone could offer me would be most appreciated. Thank you..