This is the official thread for Section 2.3 of the TMS Recovery Program donated by Alan Gordon of the Pain Psychology Center (PPC). This section is entitled "Working Toward Outcome Independence." Neither Alan nor the PPC necessarily endorses this thread or any of the viewpoints presented in it. Please keep these official threads on topic and put your best thoughts down, as these threads will be read by many people. All posts in this thread should all relate to section 2.3 of the TMS Recovery Program: http://www.tmswiki.org/ppd/TMS_Recovery_Program#Working_Toward_Outcome_Independence In section 2.3, Alan writes the following: Working Toward Outcome Independence The way you respond when your symptoms arise can have a direct impact on how bad they get and how long they last. Often TMS sufferers go through constant cycles of hope and disappointment. When the pain is either gone or minimal, there’s a desperate hope that it won’t come back, and a crushing disappointment when it does. To eliminate your symptoms, this pattern needs to change; your objective needs to change. In the short term, the goal isn’t to prevent the pain from coming on, but to change the way you respond when it does. This is difficult but possible, even in cases of severe symptoms. This article on outcome independence further expands on this point. Hopefully some of the previous steps can help you alter the way you respond to your pain, and work toward a feeling of empowerment. To become free of our TMS-caused pain, we need to try to forget we have it. This is one of the most important things in TMS healing. I found that distracting my pain to be important in ignoring pain. We also have to believe that we will become pain-free, but not put a deadline on it. TMS pain can heal in its own time. Meanwhile, we must keep up with regular daily activities and practice TMS healing techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, positive thinking.