on the surface it's amazing to think that just knowledge of what causes TMS can reduce and sometimes completely eradicate symptoms. for me, i noticed a reduction in symptoms in the first day of reading The Divided Mind. nowhere near a complete cure but enough to make me read on . since doing a lot of journaling and reading i think i figured out why knowledge helped me. i've come to realize how bad a case of low self esteem and feelings of inadequacy i have. my pain symptoms (RSI, TOS, whatever...) feasted on my inadequacies and took me to seriously dark places making me think that wow... am i doomed? just felt SO worthless and desperate. there were times when i was on my knees sobbing uncontrollably begging God to somehow give me a break from the pain. this state of mind of course only made things worse and i knew that as it was happening but felt completely helpless to stop it. so for me, when i read about TMS and what caused it, i believe that it gave me an incredible sense of relief and shot of confidence that hey - i'm NOT a completely worthless person. as a matter of fact i'm actually pretty normal! Is that how it happened for you? or was it something else?