PTSD and treatment

Preetpal Sandhu, MD Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, shares advice for parents with kids who have PTSD on how to help decrease their anxiety stemming from it
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PTSD and treatment

PTSD is an abbreviation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that occurs in your child after they've experienced a traumatic event, and are having difficulty processing it. Treatments for PTSD often involve the creation of a trauma narrative, which involves going through the event and finding the triggers that are causing the child to re-experience that trauma. An example would be if a child was in a car accident, and just before the car accident, they heard a siren. Now, every time they hear a siren, their anxiety level goes through the roof because they are extremely afraid that another accident is coming. By doing a trauma narrative, you can find out what those triggers are. By figuring out what those triggers are, you can help them deal with those triggers that increase their anxiety.

Preetpal Sandhu, MD Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, shares advice for parents with kids who have PTSD on how to help decrease their anxiety stemming from it


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Preetpal Sandhu, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Sandhu is a UCLA-trained, Board Certified Psychiatrist who has practiced Psychiatry at UCLA and in Beverly Hills for several years. He did his undergraduate work at UCLA where he was named to Phi Beta Kappa. He then completed medical school at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine and was named a Dean's scholar. He also received a master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business where he was named to the Dean's list.

Dr. Sandhu then pursued training in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry at the University of California at Los Angeles, Neuropsychiatric Institute (now named the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior). While at UCLA completing his residency and fellowship he was named the Chief Fellow of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training program. He then proceeded to work at UCLA as part of the Attending Staff on the Child and Adolescent Inpatient unit. He is a member in good standing of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists (AACAP) and has served as the Southern California Regional Organization’s President.

His areas of interest include attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and the roles coordinated psychiatry and psychotherapy can have in jointly improving outcomes.

Dr. Sandhu lives in the Los Angeles area with his family and is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, snowboarding, basketball, golf, video games, and travel.

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