So I just came across this new TED talk, by a woman who heard voices: http://www.ted.com/talks/eleanor_longden_the_voices_in_my_head.html It's really interesting. She said the voices were a 'sane response to insane circumstances', and that her condition got worse when she sought medical attention (sound familiar?). The key to her getting better was to finally realise that the voices were a response to emotional childhood trauma. She never mentions TMS but the parallels are striking, right down to her thanking the voices when they got bad for telling her something was up emotionally. I think it's an interesting manifestation of a mindbody syndrome, because in her case her unconscious was directly talking to her conscious mind. Of course, it's still cryptic and it's not straightforward to work out what the unconscious is saying, in the same way that it talks to us through pain symptoms. Like many of us, she was severely let down and hurt by many people she encountered in the medical establishment. She managed to find her way out and recover, but it makes me sad to think of how many other people with similar conditions who have had their lives ruined.