Anxiety stemming from trauma

Preetpal Sandhu, MD Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, shares advice for parents on how to help their child handle anxiety caused by a traumatic event
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Anxiety stemming from trauma

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Anxiety that occurs after trauma is something that we can all relate to. If a traumatic event happens, we all become extremely frightened and we all become extremely afraid. And so it's important when your child experiences a traumatic event that we're all very sensitive to the fact that they've experienced something like that. Anxiety related to a traumatic event is different from other types of anxiety because there's a clear and identifiable stressor. And that stressor is something that the child has absolutely and definitively experienced. Other types of anxieties such as a fear of spiders or things like that, children may have never been bitten by a spider. But when it comes to traumatic anxiety, there is a very clear stressor associated with it.

Preetpal Sandhu, MD Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, shares advice for parents on how to help their child handle anxiety caused by a traumatic event

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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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