Phobias treatments

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Phobias treatments

Phobias are specific fears of things that almost all children have. A phobia is not always an abnormal occurrence. The times when parents should get concerned are when those phobias are impairing their child's ability to function in school, in their home, or with their social peer group. A good example to think about is a child who really wants to go on an overnight camping trip for Boy Scouts. He's been in it for two years and this is going to be so much fun. He's really been looking forward to it, but he is refusing to go because of his fear of spiders. That might be a good opportunity to have a therapist work with him on that specific phobia. Another example would be a child who is going to go play basketball in a closed gymnasium or go to a computer class on the weekend. He may not encounter a lot of spiders and things like that. We may not even have to worry about the degree of impairment that it may cause.

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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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