Anxiety Symptoms and Treatment Options

A Washington physician and psychiatrist, Dr. Lester Sandman received an MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Lester Sandman currently maintains a solo practice in Bellevue, where he treats patients with anxiety disorders. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 18.1 percent of American adults live with an anxiety disorder. Nearly 23 percent of those individuals are classified as having a severe case. Severe anxiety causes symptoms, such as nausea, increased heart rate, and sweating. In addition, those living with the condition may experience weakness, trembling or nearly any physical symptom. A person should seek treatment from a mental health professional specializing in severe anxiety if he or she notices any of these symptoms. A specialist can prescribe medication, such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, or occasionally short term benzodiazepines,. The goal of medication treatment is to turn off “abnormal” levels of anxiety while retaining “normal” anxiety and fear. Therapy may also be used in combination with medication to develope coping techniques, prevent “fear of fear” spiraling and reverse tendencies to negatively “spin” circumstances. Among the therapies used to address anxiety are cognitive-behavioral and acceptance and commitment 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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