Untreated anxiety and the long term effects

Dr. Preetpal Sandhu, MD, discusses the long term effects of untreated anxiety and anxiety disorders in children, including the areas of life where they will struggle if anxiety treatment is not provided.
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Untreated anxiety and the long term effects

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The long term effects of untreated anxiety in children can result in impairment in school functioning, in peer group functioning, and in functioning at home with parents and siblings. It really is important for us to realize that untreated anxiety is a failure in the system. It's a failure of us not to have recognized that the child was having issues. It's a failure of the school to not really pay attention to what some of these triggers could be. It's a failure of the home environment to not give this child's fear the weight that it deserved.

Dr. Preetpal Sandhu, MD, discusses the long term effects of untreated anxiety and anxiety disorders in children, including the areas of life where they will struggle if anxiety treatment is not provided.

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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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