Avoiding childhood anxiety

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Avoiding childhood anxiety

One of the most important things parents can do to avoid childhood anxiety or anxiety that becomes overwhelming for their child is to preview. And when I say preview, what I mean is if we know that the family pet is going to die, or if grandma isn't doing too well, having a talk with your child before they're stressed out about it is critically important. Because when we're not stressed out, our brain can think strategically, and it can problem solve. But when we're stressed, when we just found out our favorite dog died, when we just found out grandma's not doing well, our brain goes into a fight or flight mode. We think in black and white when we're stressed. But it's really important to help your child think in terms of shades of grey. And they can do that when they're not stressed. So if there's one word that I could say that would make a difference for parents to prevent anxiety or problematic anxiety in their kids, I would say it would be preview.

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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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