Hey, pilot: I was one of those who read the book and promptly got better. You are right. It was a gift. Trouble is I hadn't done the necessary work and the back pain was replaced by a dozen tms equivalents over the next 20 years. It would take me awhile to think, "this is tms" and get back on track. A few equivalents still hang on to this day, although in a less serious form than might have been, I believe. So, what I'm saying is, the work has to be done if you are not one of those folks who don't need to do the work! I've mentioned this before, but Nicole Sachs put me onto a good path just a few months ago when she said (in her book) to "keep digging". I remember her saying to scratch at the surface if you can't dig deep. How that worked for me is that I'd been journaling for years but finding it very frustrating. I was basically just vomiting rage on the pages and nothing was changing. So, I started digging just a little deeper each time I journaled, just scratching the surface most times, and stuff started coming up! As they say, when you are ready the teacher appears and that's when I encountered Internal Family Systems (IFS) and have been "digging deep" ever since. Now, when I'm upset I don't just distract myself. I visit the member of my internal family of parts who is fussed up and wants me to pay attention! I think we have to accept that a quick fix is not always going to happen. This is a journey not a destination. This is our life, at least for now. Not so bad, really. All the fun stuff can be fitted in around the work and the work, itself, is kind of fun once you quit resisting it. Which sounds like life to me, anyway. I've had several jobs I liked a lot but never one that didn't have bad moments where I would have been happy to just down tools and go home. But what can you do? Payday's on Friday. TMS is the same, the payoff is worth the work (and maybe one day you'll decide it was even worth the pain you are feeling now).