68: Bacterial Infections Cause Psychiatric Conditions in Children. Just How Common Is this?

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68: Bacterial Infections Cause Psychiatric Conditions in Children. Just How Common Is this?

Did you know that many psychiatric illnesses in children stem from bacterial infections? Many doctors we see on the frontlines are unaware of these stealth infections so children can go undiagnosed for quite a while. It’s not uncommon for these children to enter treatment programs for conditions such as suicidal ideation, OCD and eating disorders. The stealth infections causing these psychiatric conditions include Lyme disease, Babesia, Mycoplasma and Bartonella just to name a few. In this episode, Liza interviews Dr. Rosalie Greenberg, Board-Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, known for her expertise in the diagnosis and management of complex psychiatric problems in children.

Dr. Greenberg shares stories of children under her care who have experienced improvement through the diagnosis and treatment of these underlying medical conditions. She discusses the psychiatric manifestations of these infections, the type of testing needed and the complexities of some cases, including situations of a congenital load where mothers have also been diagnosed with the same infections. This is an important episode to listen to if you are dealing with mental health issues in your family or know someone who is. There are real connections between psychiatric disorders and stealth bacterial infections. Awareness is critical. Liza and Dr. Greenberg unpack all of it. Listen to this episode.

Liza’s Guest:

Dr. Rosalie Greenberg is aBoard-Certified Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist, known for her expertise in the diagnosis and management of complex psychiatric problems in children, and pediatric psychopharmacology.

Dr. Greenberg received her MD fromColumbia University-College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she also completed her training in adult psychiatry, as well as a fellowship in child psychiatry, serving as chief resident.She subsequently served for years on the teaching faculty at Columbia.

A firm believer in the power of education, Dr. Greenberg is an author, researcher, lecturer, co-producer of an educational film, and creator and host of an award-winning cable TV show, all related to children’s health.These various activities have been geared to both medical professionals and the lay public, including presentations at both national and international conferences.Dr. Greenberg brings her 40+ years of experience to topics that range from adolescent suicide and pediatric bipolar disorder as well as the many psychological aspects attributed to Lyme disease.Working in New Jersey, where Lyme disease is endemic, she found a sizeable number of the children she evaluated, tested positive for tick-borne illness, most of whom never had a known tick bite.For the past few years, she has focused on the psychiatric manifestations of infectious diseases, especially, tick-borne illnesses in children and adolescents.

Dr. Greenberg maintains a private practice in Summit, New Jersey.


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