Herbert Schreier, MD
Oakland Magazine Best East Bay Doctors 2009-2010
Associate Psychiatrist, Division of Psychiatry
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y
Residency: Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y.
Fellowship: Child Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y.
Board Certification: Psychiatry
Herbert Schreier, MD, specializes in the treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents. He has been practicing psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Oakland since 1977. He provides care in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and in the emergency department.
Dr. Schreier is an international authority on transgender and gender-variant children, as well as on mothers with Munchausen by proxy syndrome (MBPS). He co-wrote a book on MBPS titled Hurting for Love published in the early 1990s.
Dr. Schreier is also knowledgeable on topics including, Tourette syndrome, international adoption, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity, anxiety, mood disturbances and “social ineptitude” (including non verbal learning disabilities, Aspergers and high functioning Autism) caused by neurocognitive difficulties. He has served as a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley and hospitals worldwide, and provides foreign consultation on a variety of child psychiatric issues in countries throughout Europe and the Middle East.
According to the National Mental Health Association, 1 in 5 children have some sort of an emotional or behavioral disorder. Of these children, 10 percent suffer from serious emotional disturbances. In addition, nearly 70 percent fail to receive any mental health assistance.
Source: National Mental Health Association
Munchausen by proxy syndrome
Munchausen syndrome is named after an 18th-century German baron who became famous after a book detailing fantastical tales he had told about himself was published. People with the disorder consciously do things to make themselves sick or appear to be sick, so they’ll get attention from healthcare clinicians. The “proxy” part comes when a disturbed parent does something to make her child ill, instead of herself. Parents with the disorder may bring their child to a hospital, getting the attention they’re seeking through their child’s illness—by proxy.
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