Perhaps because the overwhelming majority of people seeking treatment for TMJ are women, stress has become one of the most widely accepted (and most harmful) theories for the cause TMJ. Frequently, TMJ patients are labeled as having a psychological disorder if they don't respond to treatment, and are blamed for causing and/or maintaining their pain. With no credible explanation for their pain, it is little wonder that many patients begin to feel depressed and alienated from family, friends, and professional providers. Some eventually doubt their own sanity.
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