Dr. Richard Friedman, a well-known psychiatrist in New York, recently published an Op-Ed article in the New York Times, which made a strong case for increasing federal funding for research on psychotherapeutic interventions. Dr. Friedman's article is a laudable effort to draw the public's attention to both the value of therapy as a treatment for psychiatric disorders, and to the growing overemphasis on psychopharmacological and neuroscience research over psychotherapeutic/non-biological treatments for psychiatric disorders. As staunch proponents of cognitive and behavioral interventions, I'm sure many members of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)- especially our colleagues who strive annually for ever-scarcer research dollars- will welcome the sentiment of more equitable funding for psychotherapy research.
'My kid usually loves to go to school. But this school year, my nine-year-old son has been dragging his feet on the way to the bus stop. He has gone to the school nurse's office seven times saying he doesn't feel well, and wanting me to pick him up, but our physician thinks he's healthy. He is extra-clingy on Sunday nights. This has all been going on for two months. What can I do?'
For one answer, see Anne Marie Albano explain school refusal