I have found an actual medical diagnosis that seems very similar if not equivalent to TMS. This is from the mayo clinic website, which is a credible Internet medical resource: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/somatic-symptom-disorder/basics/definition/con-20124065 (Somatic symptom disorder - Mayo Clinic) Look at the causes: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/somatic-symptom-disorder/basics/causes/con-20124065 (Somatic symptom disorder Causes - Mayo Clinic) Genetic and biological factors, such as an increased sensitivity to pain Family influence, which may be genetic or environmental, or both Personality trait of negativity, which can impact how you identify and perceive illness and bodily symptoms Decreased awareness of or problems processing emotions, causing physical symptoms to become the focus rather than the emotional issues Learned behavior — for example, the attention or other benefits gained from having an illness; or "pain behaviors" in response to symptoms, such as excessive avoidance of activity, which can increase your level of disability The one that stands out the most is the 4th one, which is decreased awareness of or problems processing emotions, causing the physical symptoms to be the focus rather than the emotional issues. That is the essence of TMS. Anyway, I just found this interesting. I had no idea that Mayo Clinic actually recognizes TMS as a real medical/psychological disorder. Hopefully that gives some people who still have doubts about this to see that it is not only Dr. Sarno and a handful of other medical doctors who believe in this. It is an established mainstream medical diagnosis.