Hello everyone! I'm glad to be here. I'm 61, married, a nurse and social worker, and I just discovered Dr. Sarno's books through this post on one of my favorite blogs: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2015/12/healing-back-pain.html I have struggled with anxiety and depression all my life (literally, since age 5), including struggles with hypochondria that led to a lot of TMS symptoms. I had psychotherapy in my mid-30s that helped me learn self-compassion, and in the process I also learned how to avoid or abort the panic attacks that had plagued me since age 21. At the present my main problems are GI symptoms, foot pain, allergies, and a kind of depression that is not major but that seems to paralyze me at times. I've dealt with these pretty well, I have a kind and helpful husband who is also a medical person and who has a lot of good insights about how to handle these struggles. But the light really came on when I read The Mindbody Prescription. I am looking forward to working through the programs and I feel better already. I put a huge amount of pressure on myself to be "good" and to live up to everyone's expectations. I had already dealt with some childhood issues in therapy, but I hadn't thought about the burdens I've presently been loading on myself. I get so anxious when I start working on some things that need doing at our farm that I can hardly keep myself upright, and I think my foot pain is related to this. I am also dealing with my widowed 83-year-old mother, who still lives independently and is pretty healthy but is in constant pain from her knees, pain that is to me quite obviously TMS related, as it very clearly worsens in times of stress or anxiety. She is under a lot of pressure to have surgery on her knees, from friends and from a hometown family doctor who is surgery-prone, but my husband and I think she would be a poor candidate for it due to some circulatory issues in her lower legs. She gets pretty annoyed with me when I talk about the emotional component in her pain, but she will listen to me. Has anyone else here tried to help a family member with TMS, and if so, how did it work out? Thanks in advance and I look forward to hearing from some of you. I am really learning a lot from your posts.