What is childhood anxiety?

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What is childhood anxiety?

Childhood anxiety at it's most basic level, is fear. Fear can come from two different things. Fear can come from a real stimulus or an imagined stimulus. When it comes to figuring out what's creating anxiety in your child, it's really important to differentiate between the two. The reason why is because that anxiety that comes from a real stimulus is actually a good thing. There are things in this world that we should be afraid of, strangers, crossing the street when it's not safe. A lot of those things actually create anxiety that's a good thing to have. On the other hand, there's anxiety that can be impairing. There's anxiety that could cause you to never want to leave the house despite there aren't any dangers lurking about. I think that's a good synopsis of what anxiety is for most children.

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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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