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TMS is not recognized in New Zealand and it is virtually unknown

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by SchlachtSchiffe_Bismarck, Sep 7, 2023.

  1. New member here

    I am from New Zealand and have lived there since 1994, recently I came down with TMS after having left an environment which involved family violence, when I told my doctor or General Practitioner which we call them in New Zealand that my issue is the result of my past catching up and I am no longer in the present and it could be TMS due to my emotions being dysregulated as well. The response from my doctor was can the condition be treated by anti depression or anti anxiety medication, it got so bad that I had to write a document for Autism New Zealand and my General Practitioner to bring awareness to them and the lady as Autism New Zealand who saw me basically is now looking at making an urgent referral to a psychologist and at the same time using a document which I wrote to bring awareness of the existence of such condition and let the psychologist who will be treating me in the future know the existence of TMS.

    Autistic people can also get TMS if they have been through adverse events

    So far no research have been done on the Autism and TMS connection, from my opinion, the connection is very real having been through adverse events myself, in my opinion, many Autistic people who have the skill set of looking on the internet on the issues they go through from the adverse event catching up and look for strategies on how to stop TMS will eventually resolve their TMS issue and go back to normal functioning but for these people, it is important to have the right support in place as well

    I have also attached a document which I wrote myself to bring awareness to the New Zealand Medical profession, autism advocacy group, family violence support groups, government bodies such as the Ministry of Health on the existence of TMS

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  2. Cactusflower

    Cactusflower Beloved Grand Eagle

    I don’t think TMS is recognized by most. Medical doctors or GP’s anywhere. It’s not taught in medical school, and basically goes against all they have learned.
    I absolutely agree with you that people diagnosed with autism or anyone neural divergent could experience TMS. They are human beings and the mind/body connection is part of how we were created.
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  3. Syl

    Syl Peer Supporter

    Hello from Australia! Regarding GPs and their knowledge of TMS it's the same over here. I often tell the doctors I see that Australia is still in the dark ages when it comes to psychophysiological disorders (PPDs) or TMS if you like to call it.

    I suffer from many conditions that are considered to be PPDs and the only reason I go to my doctor/s is if I need a referral to a specialist I may wish to see, simply to pick their brain, but I don't ask them if they're familiar with neuroplasticity because when I do they get a blank look on their face when I mention this. I utilise doctors for their knowledge of physical things and the fact that they have seen so many patients with the same conditions/s I have, and this way I get an idea of whether they (the patients) got better or not through mainstream medicine. Then I go on to educate the doctors themselves and I tell them about Dr Sarno's work, TMS, and I talk about people like Alan Gordon and Dr Howard Schubiner, and others, plus we do have one neuroscientist in Australia, Professor Lorimer Moseley, who is renowned in TMS circles, but he does not see patients. He educates health practitioners around the world so they can understand neuroplasticity and how this interacts with the brain. He has also written a great book entitled "Explain Pain", and in the book he explains how it all works and how after reading this book we (the pain sufferers) will end up knowing more than the regular doctors. This was my introduction to the world of neuroplasticity back in 2009.

    Anyway, I live in the hope that little by little we will get some GPs onboard with neuroplasticity and then we'll have doctors who specialise in TMS/PPDs, but that's not happening in Australia yet. So in the meantime I will go on passing the information one doctor at a time. Some of them were extremely interested and wanted to know more so there is hope yet for those of us living at the bottom of the world wavea
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  4. TG957

    TG957 Beloved Grand Eagle

    Autism is associated with a hypersensitive nervous system, which makes autistic people to be potentially predisposed to TMS. I would not be surprised if there is a higher incidence of TMS among autistic people, but it is not likely that any studies have been done.

    As for practitioners in NZ and Australia, just days ago Rose Hoey, a much beloved and revered TMS practitioner from Australia passed away. Huge loss for those of you down under.
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  5. Syl

    Syl Peer Supporter

    Yes, I just read about this and it is a huge loss. I didn't know about her, however, because I'm based in NSW and my search was for TMS doctors rather than ISTDP therapists. I managed to find a psychologist from the University of Sydney who treats with ISTDP, but his fees are astronomical. I also searched for actual medical doctors with TMS experience and I couldn't find anybody in Australia. There was one guy based in Lismore, which is country NSW, but he was not a doctor but a therapist of TMS. I contacted him, but he didn't do sessions by phone. That's about all I could find. I even contacted Professor Lorimer Moseley and David Butler (who is a colleague of Professor Moseley), they don't see patients, but they were involved with a group of physios in Sydney who were trying out TMS with certain control groups. I rang these physios, too, but they did not see patients per se; they concentrated on certain studies.

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