La Peer Doctor Discusses Rise in Mental Health Issues Among Children

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La Peer Health Systems’ surgeon Dr. Ahluwalia spoke this Monday about the increasing number of children and young people being diagnosed with mental disorders.

Sonu Ahluwalia
As a country, we have to come together to help these children.

A weekly fixture on Fox’s morning news show, Good Day LA, Sonu Ahluwalia, MD, helps educate audiences about the most recent topics in health and medicine. This Monday, the La Peer Health Systems surgeon commented on the increase in mental health diagnoses among children and teenagers.

“Between the ages of twelve and seventeen, the second leading cause of death after accident is suicide,” said Dr. Ahluwalia, who hopes the new research will help focus attention on a serious problem that has been ignored in the past.

According to Dr. Ahluwalia, various reasons could account for the recent increase in mental health diagnoses among young people. Along with enhanced diagnostic abilities, parents today are more aware of issues like ADD and ADHD, depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and autism. Still, the high rate of suicide among kids and teens suggests that young people aren’t always receiving the care and attention they require.

“When we have kids who have behavioral problems, we think, oh, they’ll grow out of it,” said Dr. Ahluwalia, who advised parents to be on the lookout for warning signs including aggression, drug use, sleeping too much or too little, and avoiding interaction with friends.

Dr. Ahluwalia went on to attribute a portion of the problem to a lack of access to pediatric psychiatrists and funding for these services.

“As a country, we have to come together to help these children,” he said.

The board-certified orthopedic surgeon also spoke about a disturbing trend involving male sexual supplements.

“As our country is getting older, there’s going to be more and more need for these medicines,” said Dr. Ahluwalia, who went on to suggest that the social stigma associated with visiting a doctor for erectile dysfunction has some consumers turning to natural supplements that can be purchased over the counter or online. Unfortunately, many of these products have not undergone proper testing and may not be safe to consume.

Dr. Ahluwalia advised anyone experiencing erectile dysfunction to visit a doctor for testing and treatment rather than experiment with untested products.

Watch the entire news segment with Dr. Ahluwalia on My Fox LA.

For more health tips from Dr. Ahluwalia, as well as videos of his other FoxLA segments, visit his Facebook page.

Sonu Ahluwalia, MD, is an internationally acclaimed board-certified orthopedic surgeon at La Peer Health Systems, as well as the Clinical Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. His private practice specializes in sports medicine, shoulder, knee and hip surgery.

Dr. Ahluwalia completed his orthopedic training at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program in Boston, one of the most sought after training programs in orthopaedic surgery. He has completed three fellowships, two at Harvard Medical School and one at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, on shoulder surgery, sports medicine, and joint replacement and joint preservation surgery. For more information please call 310.659.2910 or visit

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