Dr. Lester Sandman

Psychiatric Services in Bellevue, Washington

About Dr. Lester Sandman

A privately practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Lester Sandman focuses on the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. He stands out as a frequent consultant to area primary care doctors, who trust his expertise in addressing issues that challenge other forms of treatment. As a result of his strong reputation, Dr. Lester Sandman conducts a practice based largely on referrals from colleagues.

Dr. Lester Sandman holds a doctor of medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his internship and psychiatry residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. After completing his residency, Dr. Sandman continued in psychiatric service to the United State Army, both as a practicing physician and as an instructor to medical students. He entered the private sector in 1993 as an independent practitioner. Since that time, he has also assumed the duties of medical director with the Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland, Washington, where he oversees care of both adolescents and adults. He now focuses full time on his private practice in Bellevue, Washington.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Lester Sandman, MD, treats patients through his private psychiatry practice in Bellevue, Washington. There, Dr. Lester Sandman focuses especially on individuals with conditions like bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder who have tried and not responded well to previous treatments.

When a psychiatrist diagnoses a patient with bipolar disorder, it means that the patient demonstrates symptoms of an illness rooted in the brain. Such symptoms include abnormal changes in mood and energy levels that disrupt daily life. Researchers believe the condition results from a constellation of causes, including genetics and problems in the way the physical brain functions. Symptoms usually manifest in early adulthood, though they can appear in children and seniors.

Though scientists have yet to discover a cure for bipolar disorder, psychiatrists can help people manage the condition through medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Moreover, patients who prove resistant to the drug treatments approved by the FDA have available several other medications that are "off label" by the FDA, but have substantial scientific literature support. FDA approval requires a significant investment by the drug manufacturer and sometimes the economics don't warrant the expenditure. However physicians frequently use a drug that is FDA approved for one condition "off label" for an entirely different condition if the science supports such a use. If medications fail, patients can take advantage of alternatives like electroconvulsive therapy magnetic stimulation therapy.

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