Treating childhood anxiety

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Treating childhood anxiety

The treatments for childhood anxiety can be divided into two main areas; therapy and medication. When it comes to therapy, there are three main types of therapy that can be useful. Before you decide what type of therapy to go with, make sure you take your child that is trained to work with children. Pediatric Psychotherapists, Pediatric Psychiatrists are usually a great place to start. The three types of therapy that I just mentioned are; cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. All three of those can be helpful for the different forms of anxiety in children. The second options is medication. On the subject of medication, if therapy is helpful, you really don't want to go there. But if it isn't, there is a variety of safe medications that you can use to potentially make therapy a bit easier for your child or treat their anxiety with medication alone. With my child, I would always treat them with therapy first, and then consider medication.

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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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