This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question I would like to ask a question that I have only seen touched on on this forum in a roundabout way. I am currently re-reading the excellent book, "Phantom Illness." My question is - How does TMS relate to the more generalized hypochondria? In this book, general hypochondria is broken down into several different types, one of which is called "pain disorder." I take this to possibly mean that TMS is maybe a subset of hypochondria. I have observed that a lot of TMS'ers are also hypochondriacs. What is the nature of the relationship between the two? I ask because I have always been a hypochondriac, defined as a greatly exaggerated focus on the body and all of it's meaningless noise, to the point of obsession and misinterpretation. I seem to have largely recovered from TMS, that is, I don't experience much pain anymore and outbreaks are usually short. However, I have seemingly replaced it with more generalized hypochondria, by which I feel compelled to focus almost constant attention on body noise that I misinterpret as catastrophic disease. In my worst moments, I think that all I have accomplished is going from one type of hypochondria to another and that the "real" issues have not been addressed. For example, I recently easily recovered from a bout of sciatic pain, only to have become obsessed with a short bout of painless constipation and imagining terrible illness. Or is this my subconscious, realizing it is "so busted", just throwing everything including the kitchen sink at me in a desperate attempt to regain it's hold over me?