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When it comes to test anxiety, the most important thing you can do to help your child is to help them be prepared. Now, there are children that, no matter how prepared they are, they always feel extremely worried about the test. Then it's important to help them understand exactly what the test is going to be like; where it's going to be, who is going to be proctoring it, if you can find that out, what type of building, is it going to be noisy, is it going to be quiet. The less uncertainty that is associated with the test, the lower your child's anxiety about the test. For the children who freeze on tests, what we are actually seeing is similar to what happens when we experience something that isn't gradual. A traumatic event or something stressful that happens very suddenly. If a child can be exposed to the stress of that exam is going to create; there is a much better chance that they will be able to handle it, tolerate it, and perform, when it's time to take that test. Then it comes to, how can we come up with ideas to make it so that child is gradually introduced to the idea of a test? That can vary, depending on what kind of test we are talking about.

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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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