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Experts Take on P.A.N.D.A.S.

As a pediatric and adolescent psychiatrist, Rosalie Greenberg, M.D., host of Kids First, understands the importance of getting the proper diagnosis and treatment for a child suffering from P.A.N.D.A.S., (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections); however she also knows how difficult it can be to find professionals who are familiar with the disorder. “When your child wakes up one day seemingly having contracted Obsessive Compulsive Disorder overnight, this should raise a red flag.”, says Greenberg, referring to one of the symptoms of the illness . “It is important that both parents and the medical community be familiar with different types of presentations of the disorder(s) so as to decrease the all too frequent delay in getting appropriate intervention. Physician awareness of the diagnostic techniques and treatment options as well as the controversy surrounding this illness is imperative to help these children early in the course of the illness.

In this two part episode of Kids First, Dr. Greenberg speaks with Rosario Trifiletti, M.D., Ph.D, a pediatric neurologist whose practice in Ramsey, New Jersey focuses mainly on treating children with the disorder. “P.A.N.D.A.S. should be considered when a child presents with a sudden, acute and debilitating onset of intense anxiety and mood lability, accompanied by obsessive compulsive-like tendencies and/or tics, in conjunction with specific infections.” explains Dr. Trifiletti. Dr. Greenberg adds, “This illness presents itself rapidly with confusing symptoms among which are neurological, physical and psychiatric in nature.”

Maggie Glynn, a mother of a child with P.A.N.D.A.S. offers her painful journey to find answers for her son.

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This extensive show will air in two parts, alternating weekly during January and February on HomeTowne television, Comcast – Channel 36 (and Verizon -Channel 33, at the following times: Sundays at 10:30 p.m., Mondays at 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. Parts one and two are also available for viewing at www.kidsfirstrgmd.com. Montclair viewers may tune into Comcast Channel 34 everyday at 11:30 A.M.

The host of Kids First is Rosalie Greenberg, M.D., a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and the author of Bipolar Kids: Helping Your Child Find Calm in the Mood Storm. She is also the co-producer of the DVD Rescuing Childhood: Understanding Bipolar Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Dr. Greenberg is a former assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University and maintains a psychopharmacology practice in Summit, NJ.                                                  

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