Prognosis for childhood anxiety and OCD

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Prognosis for childhood anxiety and OCD

The important thing to remember when it comes to childhood anxiety or OCD is that we are focused on the degree of impairment that it causes. For a lot of symptoms related to anxiety, children can manage them effectively. They can use that for good instead of evil. For OCD, it's also the same. If you think about adults that you know who work as attorneys or accountants, where these types of skills are highly sought after. Children will often learn how to use feelings of anxiety that are not overwhelming, to their benefit. They'll use it to motivate themselves. Children who have obsessions and compulsions, will often learn to use those to their benefit because it will help them study or memorize different facts. They will channel a lot of the obsessions and compulsions into a very beneficial activity. It is important to realize that if you can treat anxiety and treat OCD early on, some of those thoughts may persists well into adulthood. Your child's ability to use them for good will go along with that.

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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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