I was in an auto accident years ago, after which I developed TMS (well, I've come to learn that TMS has been with me most of my life, it's just that it became debilitating after the accident). I stopped working and moved back in with my parents. All of my relatives know me as the person that was injured, cannot recover, and cannot move on with life. After having made years of progress to the point that I was working a part-time job, I had a significant setback last year. I spent quite a bit of time in bed, and became very deconditioned (again). I visited a TMS practitioner, and spoke to a relative of mine who happens to be a medical doctor. I explained that I have not recovered since I have a problem with the way my body perceives and responds to stimuli, resulting in pain that is out of proportion to the stimuli encountered. I compared my condition to phantom limb syndrome. I explained that I am looking into/engaging in various methods to heal. I'd like to speak with this relative again, but don't know how to couch the TMS treatment that I've been doing. I haven't gone to any more doctors, I've just been doing the Structured Recovery Program. The fact of the matter is that TMS is very simple. I could simply send the relative a link to the 20/20 interview with Dr. Sarno, or any other primer. However, I explained TMS the way I did to shield myself from judgement. If it were to be known that my life fell apart and I moved back in with my parents because I can't process the trauma/personality factors/stresses/etc. of my life in a way sufficient to allow me to live on my own, I would be looked down upon to such a degree that I might never be able to live it down. I don't know how to explain the recovery program in such a way that would be acceptable. I've thought of calling it a "desensitizing" program for the autonomic nervous system. However, when pressed for details, the fact that I am engaged in a psychological treatment program would soon emerge. I need to make it known that I'm being proactive in treating my condition, yet I don't know how to do so and save face. Any thoughts? Thanks.