Was listening to a podcast called Mind and Fitness by a TMS friendly host and he had a great guest on who talked a lot about doubt. In fact, his theory is that doubt is probably the biggest obstacle in TMS recovery. Not doubt in that it exists or not... but his patients doubt that their exact situation was TMS-derived. Unfortunately, as is so often the case... the podcast only discussed the "whys" and never the "hows"... and ended without much advice on really digging underneath that aspect of healing. I've always referred to the condition I experience as "stress disorder" which is oddly similar to Dr. David Clarke's "stress illness" language, which I had never heard. I never used the straight "TMS moniker for myself because frankly, it just never seemed like I was dealing with what other people were in the community. While it's easy to say, and even Sarno confirmed... TMS can be anything, not just back pain. It sure seems like 90% of the posts, podcast, recovery stories are about musculoskeletal pain. (Back, neck, feet, shoulders, etc.) We're told soft tissue issues like digestion are part of TMS, and I believe it... though, it's very hard to go out and actually find a podcast with someone who has healed from gastritis, IBS, other conditions. I've managed to find some personal accounts of folks that have really helped me. But very few in the TMS biosphere. (Podcasts, videos, groups, etc.) And if you experience a chaotic version where things can change month to month (different body part) ... and perhaps daily anxiety, regular panic (or other things like sleep disorders) are part of the web of symptoms you experience... you tend to fall into a different "crowd." (Anxiety sufferers.) Everyone will rush in here to say "it's all the same" and I'll never argue. I'm sure it is! But it's one thing to postulate or theorize, it's another to see proof in practice. Say what you will, but people who recover from back pain had CLEAR examples of exact templates from others who have done the same. No complications. Just back pain. Those with a chaotic, ever-changing collection of symptoms... perhaps that even take periods off where things appear to be improving... we have far less example of how people overcame.... unless we look to other communities. (Anxiety, usually) For those who are dealing with non-standard versions of what you consider to be TMS... how did you, do you eliminate doubt? How do you get over the fact that a host will have 40 podcasts avaialble... and not one addresses your condition or even sounds like you? Telling someone "it's all the same" is great, but what did you do to boost the confidence and end the mental chatter on whether your condition is truly TMS? I believe doubt is a huge deal, and would love to hear input on how people have move through it in the face of non-standard conditions.