Professional Mental Health Care Is Important for Bipolar Disorder

A psychiatrist in Bellevue, Washington, Dr. Lester Sandman holds licenses to practice psychiatry in four states. Often, Dr. Lester Sandman works with patients who have explored prior treatments, such as medication and counseling, but have not achieved the desired results. Lester Sandman, MD, treats a broad array of conditions, including bipolar disorder.

According to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), bipolar disorder often appears in the teen years or early adulthood, with approximately half of all cases manifesting in individuals before the age of 25. While no cure exists for bipolar disorder, proper treatment can help individuals manage symptoms over the long term. Effective bipolar medications, including mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and atypical anti-psychotics, are available, but not all individuals respond to these medications in the same way. In addition, since other mental health or addictive disorders can coexist with bipolar disorder, individuals may need to try different combinations of medications to find out what works best for them.

NIMH recommends that individuals with bipolar disorder seek out a mental health professional to get the care they need. Once in treatment, individuals should develop awareness of the warning signs of a shift into mania or depression, take medications regularly, and anticipate gradual relief of symptoms.

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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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