Does Meditation Alleviate Anxiety Symptoms?

A former chief of psychiatry with the United States Army’s Blanchfield Hospital, Lester Sandman, MD, also worked as the chief of inpatient services at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Lester Sandman currently works in private practice, where he regularly treats patients with anxiety disorders.

For many years, mental health experts have touted the benefits of meditation in alleviating anxiety symptoms. For the most part, meditation involves finding a comfortable sitting position, focusing on breathing, and turning thoughts to the present moment. In a review of 19,000 meditation studies conducted by Johns Hopkins University, researchers found that mindfulness-based meditation had a significant effect on anxiety, depression, and even chronic pain. Because relief of psychiatric disorders is often difficult to quantify, there is no way to directly measure the effects of meditation on anxiety and depression. The research is still promising, however, and many medical experts consider meditation a valuable supplement to medication and clinical therapy.

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A licensed psychiatrist, Dr. Lester Sandman claims more than 20 years of experience in the treatment of patients coping with mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Sandman was educated at the University of Washington, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Psychology in 1974; and at Antioch University, where he received a Master of Arts in Psychology in 1977. After earning his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1986, Dr. Sandman completed an internship and residency in psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Following the completion of his of his Residency, Dr. Lester Sandman served as a Senior Teaching Fellow for the Department of Psychiatry at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, and as an Administrative Chief Resident at Walter Reed Medical Center. From 1989 to 1993, Dr. Sandman served as an Instructor for Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, teaching medical students, interns, and physician assistants at three hospitals. Over the course of his tenure with the military, Dr. Lester Sandman was recognized on several occasions for excellence and dedication above and beyond the call of duty. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Dr. Sandman was deployed to Saudi Arabia as the 86th Evacuation Hospital’s Chief of Psychiatry Service. His support of the Army’s 18th Corps during the war earned him the Army Commendation Medal. While serving as the Chief of the Department of Psychiatry in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Dr. Sandman received the Meritorious Service Medal for his implementation of programs that resulted in budgetary savings of $1 million. In addition, Dr. Lester Sandman was awarded an additional Army Commendation Medal for his work as the Chief of Inpatient Services for the Department of Psychiatry at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. Sandman moved to the state of Washington in 1993, where he has lived since, and began his private practice in Bellevue. He also at various times worked for Social Security Disability Services, and Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland. Since 1998, Dr. Lester Sandman has devoted his time exclusively to his private practice, where he specializes in medication management for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in addition to providing consultations services for local primary-care physicians.

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