Red Lawhern, PhD's Advocacy Editorial:

This was posted on the main moderator site, and I would like to share it with you. Red joined Ben's Friends to support his wife who suffers from TN (Trigeminal Neuralgia) he has become a moderator for that site, and an advocate for his wife and others who suffer this disease, he also often forwards new research info to our group on FMS, and hopes to expand his research into many other of our rare diseases!

Thank you Red, and Thanks to Scott for posting it!

Unfortunately, his wife's story will sound familiar to us all!

Red Lawhern's Editorial

Red wrote an inspiring editorial about his wife's battle with Trigeminal Neuralgia and how many patients, a disproportionate number of whom are women, are told, "it's all in your head."

I'm inspired by this essay and proud to call Red a friend. And thrilled to be associated with him through Ben's Friends.


Thanks so much for sharing!! I took psychology in college and was very interested in the bit about Sigmund Freud. I find it odd that though in the courses I took his work is only acknowledged as the grounds work for developing the field of psychology - nothing much of his work holds any water in psychology today (or at least that's what the textbooks tell me). Though with Mr. "Tell me about your mother," I can't say I'm surprised he'd come with the crazy stuff that's lead to today's view of psychosomatic disorders. Which bring's me back to a comment I made to someone on the Catatrophizing discussion. If it's happening they (the medical community at large) has done a great deal to encourage it. When people aren't treated with respect and believed it's part of the minds natural response to "cry out more" for whatever's allying us. When things that need attention are ignored and dismissed it takes a lot more to get anyone to take us seriously. No one in the medical community takes lightly cancer for example, but there are more than amply stories of the run around we get.

Thanks again for sharing!!

This was very inspiring and he is a wonderful man in the way he supports his wife.