In this day of insurance driven medicine, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Rosalie Greenberg still insists after 40 years of practice, it is only by taking the time to listen to her patients, whom she refers to as “my kids”, that she will truly be able to help them. It was this personal attention and concern which led her to her newest book subject, Lyme disease and young people. When she saw how some kids in her practice were not improving, or only partially responding and/or exhibiting concurrent symptoms not normally thought of as psychiatric, she knew she had to dig deeper for answers.
Given the increased interest in the link between infections and psychiatric illness Dr. Greenberg started having her patients tested for common bacterial and viral infections that could result in psychological symptoms. Working in New Jersey, where Lyme disease is endemic, she started to add testing for Lyme and co- infections that were carried by ticks. She found a sizeable number of the children tested positive, most of whom never had a known tick bite, let alone the classic bulls-eye rash so often associated with Lyme. The more she learned about tick-borne illness, the more fascinated she became with their various manifestations. For some of her patients, once properly treated (which isn’t necessarily easy, quick and certainly not cheap), they improved, and some quite dramatically in their psychiatric symptoms. For others, many of whom had gone undiagnosed for years, their ailments lingered.
The biological aspects of psychiatry have interested Dr. Greenberg, a Distinguished Fellow with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, from her days at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. While serving as Chief Resident in Child Psychiatry, she was mentored by some of the pioneers in biological psychiatry and exposed to cutting edge research into childhood depression, youth suicide and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Her insatiable desire to see her patients improve has led her to explore controversial subjects, most notably the existence of bipolarity in children and adolescents, leading to the 2008 publication of her second book, Bipolar Kids: Helping Your Child Find Calm in the Mood Storm, which received praise from Publisher’s Weekly as well as the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her first book,When Acting Out Isn’t Acting, co-authored with Dr. Lynne Weisberg, was a cutting edge examination of young people’s struggles, with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as out of control anger and behavior disorders.
In accordance with her interest in the relationship between physical and mental illness, Dr. Greenberg has contributed medical articles and letters to the editor in such respected and diverse publications as the American Journal of Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry and Brain Research, the Journal of Central Nervous System Disease and Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. Always mindful of the importance of getting information to the lay person, her work has also appeared in the Huffington Post, the New York Times and local media. Topics range from adolescent suicide, pediatric bipolar disorder to many aspects of Lyme disease.
Not just a successful author, Dr. Greenberg also has the distinction of hosting and executive producing, her own cable television show, Kids First, winning six Telly Awards, created to honor video and television and judged by over 200 industry leaders. The most recently decorated episode focused on tick borne illnesses and co-infections. In addition to television, Dr. Greenberg co-produced the documentary film, Rescuing Childhood, which was featured at the LA Femme Film Festival. She has also been a guest on numerous radio programs including Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio.
Connecting and sharing her expertise with both professional and lay audiences is a driving force behind this dynamic physician. She has presented nationally and internationally, at such organizations as International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent psychiatry (AACAP), the European Psychiatric Association, and CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).