Childhood anxiety

Dr. Preetpal Sandhu, MD, explains the three main areas that contribute to childhood anxiety to help parents understand and help their children deal with anxiety.
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Common causes of anxiety in children can come from 3 main areas. The first is home. The third is school. And the third is their social peer group. An example of a stress from home that could create anxiety would be parents who aren't getting along, a child finding out about divorce, finding out about a sick family member. An example of anxiety that could come from school would have to do with taking a test or giving a book report in front of a large group of people. An example of socially related or peer group related anxiety might have to do with asking a girl to the dance or asking a friend to come over for a play date, somebody who maybe they didn't know before. Anxiety can come from a lot of different places. But what's most important is helping your child to figure out how to negotiate or how to process those feelings so the anxiety isn't clinical or problematic.

Dr. Preetpal Sandhu, MD, explains the three main areas that contribute to childhood anxiety to help parents understand and help their children deal with anxiety.

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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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