Dr. Claudewell Thomas is a public health/community psychiatrist living in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Dr. Thomas is a medical doctor who specialized in the care of mental health patients.He is an academic psychiatrist with a long history of administration and teaching. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Thomas has diagnosed and treated mental illnesses through a variety of methods including medications, psychotherapy or talk therapy, psychosocial interventions and more, depending on each individual case. Different medications that a psychiatrist might prescribe include antidepressants, antipsychotic medications, mood stabilizers, stimulants, sedatives and hypnotics. Dr. Thomas has treated OCD,depression,bipolar illness ,schizophrenia etc.No longer in clinical practice,he still uses group dynamic skills in organizational consultation.He has also been a member of the L.A.Superior Court Panel of Psychiatrists and Psychologists utilizing forensic skills.He is the founder of the blog https://theoctogenarians.com wherein a group of older scholars and thinkers engage in dialogue about the fate of mankind and the leadership role of America.There is a major effort to engage the millenial generation in dialogue.
Education and Training
STATE UNIVERSITY OF N.Y.DOWNSTATE MEDICAL CENTER M.D. 1956
YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH M.P.H 1964
STE U OF.N.Y.DOWNSTATE MEDICAL CENTER M.D. 1956
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine 1956
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr. Claudewell S. Thomas M.D.'s Expert Contributions
The upcoming November APHA meeting has as its central theme Health Care equity. For a nation and a world in deep trouble because of global warming, human trafficking, worldwide drug and arms trafficking, increasing risk of resumption of an arms race that includes nuclear weapons along with the...
Health & The Supermarket: The Profit Motive Is Alive and Well in the 21st Century-- So You Must Be Too!
The other day I made a series of rare visits, first to a supermarket, then to a drug store, and finally to an auto body shop. A friend and neighbor drove past as I had to drive my wife's car back. I had put myself on an ulcer diet because of lifelong problems with a hiatal hernia, and was shopping...
We (The USA) are at war. It is undeclared, it is cyberwar, it is spyware, it is economic war, and it is psychological war. There are no treaty derived rules that can be pointed to establish war crimes. There are no rules of engagement to be broken since the very act of engagement is concealed. The...
According to the July 15 issue of Psychiatric News, suicide deaths in the U.S. have climbed dramatically in the last several years. They have nearly doubled in women. While possibly being a disturbing aspect of a “me too” world, it may also be a manifestation of an increasingly successful war on...
On June 26th, 2000, the POTUS (Bill Clinton) and the British Prime Minister (Tony Blair) announced the completion of the Human Genome Project, a feat once thought unaccomplishable or vaguely morally improper. Since that time, enormous progress has been made in oncologic...
Previous postings have outlined relationships between health and disposable income, health and environment, etc. A public health/epidemiologic approach to identification of factors involved in ill health, death, and disability has been presented as the most logical and productive approach. Despite...
The May issue of Psychiatric Times declared the USA an unhappy nation based on reports from psychiatric centers across the country. Anxiety and depression are the primary indicators of our national unhappiness but addiction may be a more identifiable sign because of its recordability. Public health...
The Definition of Addiction vs, The Meaning of Addiction: What Patients and Potential Patients (All of Us) Need to Consider
The most recent edition of The American Scientist featured an article which challenged assertions made by last September's National Geographic magazine and JAMA, American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Neurology among many others. It challenges the assertion that addiction is a brain...
What Does A Public Health Approach Mean To The Nations Health and to Governmental Purpose and Function?
Epidemiologic studies of addiction, gun violence, disease outbreak, cancer, etc are of enormous value to citizens of any nation including ours. The resources to pursue such issues are hard to come by and the auspices for this pursuit, or lack thereof, vary hugely. Health, education and welfare are...
The November issue of National Geographic magazine, in an article written by Dan Buettner, amply illustrated, with photographs and commentary by Cory Richards, that Costa Rica, Denmark and Singapore are identified as the most joyful places on the planet. These authors employ interviews, simple...
Finland has been declared "The Happiest Country on Earth" by a U.N. commission with Scandinavian countries occupying the top four entries in the category. With recent immigrants to Finland also enjoying the depiction "happiest", the old homogeneity explanation is insufficient unto the "happy day"....
We have discussed the prevalence of the tandem of anxiety and depression in the U.S.A. and worldwide. From what we are able to learn from published literature, there is a pandemic of susceptibility to this dual scourge. It is in my view linked to the politics of the time as well as to uncertainty...
In the midst of the failure of the 'repeal and replace' effort of the GOP, is the "America First" issue representative of nations first, healthcare protectionism versus globalism, and a multinational view of epidemic and pandemic overview and control?This month's American Journal of Public Health...
Depression and anxiety: Prodrome or concomitant?A number of questions arise for patients who experience acute or persistent depressed mood. Instant access to the Internet or to pocket measures of pulse, blood pressure, respiration etc. often enough add to accompanying anxiety or even worse, create...
I don't know whether or not the POTUS has gotten around to declaring the opioid epidemic a national crisis. It seems that he has been busy with declarations that have added to national angst from the threat of launching “fire and fury” to declarations perceived as endorsing right-wing hate...
We live in a world of turmoil and tumult word of which is transmitted at nearly warp speed. The devices that acquire the stream of information are numerous and diverse. With almost no countries lacking access to one or more of the devices that access this stream of information, we have become...
A recent national survey revealed that close to 80 percent of Americans associate anxious feelings and sadness with the signaling of a health problem in today's world compared to between 40 and 60 percent in the 1960s.How are we to interpret this? It is possible that we are less stoic as a people,...
While the political battles rage around health care amid easy assurances that hospital emergency rooms are always available, we need to recognize that there are ideological enemies of American Democracy utilizing cyber warfare, terrorist attacks, etc. to bring us down. To contaminate reservoirs,...
Binge eating disorder is a serious mental problem requiring psychiatric or psychological intervention. Psychiatric intervention carries with it the potential use of medication. Specialty clinics and practices are appropriate for the treatment of this disorder which can be life threatening. READ MORE
There is not enough information to give you an answer. Important issues like age, sex, family history, general health, habits, length of time negativity has been present have to be considered. Once again, a visit to your LMD is a logical place to begin. A visit to a mental health specialist can also be a place to begin. READ MORE
A lot depends on the kind of friendship you have. If it is not solid and previously tested, it would be wise to ask him about his feelings concerning psychiatric help rather than proposing it. READ MORE
I discovered anti-depressant pills in my daughter's cupboard yesterday. How should I confront her on this?
Asking her while explaining how you found them should not be a confrontation. I don't know how the two of you have been interacting. Are there no other family members to involve? Kindness and concern while respecting her proximity to adult independence particularly as part of family discussion can help reduce anger and shame, some usual components of "reacting badly." READ MORE
It is not likely that he can be emotionally unaffected by the divorce. His father might be helpful in discussing the necessity for divorce, if willing and capable. The effect of the divorce can take a long time to manifest if ever. In any event, I would think that "watchful," respectful waiting is indicated. Reduction of rancor in the proceedings can help reduce trauma to your son. READ MORE
Consultation with a neuropsychiatrist could be helpful. You might suggest that to your doctor. READ MORE
Adolescence is a very stressful time. The reorganization of brain connections can produce distractedness, apathy, anger, or depression. Consulting with her school health service and her academic counselor (with her permission) can sometimes reveal too heavy a load on a student. Try to ensure with the aid of your LMD that there is no physical problem, if all these measures fail ask about psychiatric consultation. READ MORE
Consult with your LMD about the hypertensive vacillation, ask him or her to review the medication for potential side effects. Some agents can produce euphoria and other mental symptoms or unmask early dementia. Ask about psychiatric consultation. READ MORE
This sounds like a classical "reactive" depression; it should still receive medical screening. Your brother's LMD may choose to follow up (in the absence of physical findings) with an antidepressant or may refer to a psychiatrist. You can best help by keeping track, supplying bridging info (appropriately) to family and supplying supplementary family history of illness including alcohol use or abuse. Your willingness to be of help is likely to be well received by all and sundry. READ MORE
Your best follow up is a visit to your LMD. A visit by referral or directly (if you are authorized) to an ob-gyn specialist seems indicated. READ MORE
Yes, there are many brain exercises; the better exercises seem to focus on improving ones capacity for categorizing objects and ideas. Games like checkers and chess also seem to be helpful. Improving categorization seems to help memory. Memory facilitation seems to directly improve brain function. READ MORE
The psychiatric specialization that deals with that is called neuropsychiatry. A careful total evaluation (healthwise) is called for. READ MORE
Vivid daydreams may or may not be significant depending on your age, your dietary habits, whether or not you are on medications prescribed or otherwise (cannabinol,ethanol,etc.), the length of time they have been going on, your family history, your general health etc. A basic health workup is the place to start. It would be good to know what causes the symptom that you are trying to control. READ MORE
There is an hereditary predisposition in bipolar disorder development. You can avoid severe worsening of the tendency by avoiding alcohol and marijuana. Maintenance of general health is desirable and early psychiatric evaluation for advisability of prescriptive intervention is needed. READ MORE
Once more it starts with your general health. Check with your usual doctor to query your general health. Are there new habits that accompany the bingeing (smoking, pot alcohol)? Are you under undue stress? As you can see there are many questions to be asked and answered. Binge eating is something not to be ignored. To conclude that it is purely mental disorder, complicated as that is, is premature. Perhaps family can help answer some relevant questions. Dr.Thomas READ MORE
Negative thinking is a sign or a symptom.Your general health should be your first concern. LMD assessment is called for. If a clean bill is given then the twin duo of anxiety and depression need to be looked for via mental health assessment (psychiatry,psychology,social work) team. Depression often has negative thinking as an early sign. Negative rumination (obsessional) is beyond sign but is a symptom of depressive illness. Remember start with a general health assessment. READ MORE
Discussion with the psychiatrist and with the patient is called for. A mutually agreed upon posture may be arrived at. Issues like the nature of your caregiver status (family or not), family concurrence, if you are not and state laws need to be considered. If property disposal and/or a will are at issue, legal consultation may be necessary. READ MORE
While a psychiatrist is an MD.and can prescribe, he may be a skilled psychotherapist and can rely on talk therapy, if he and you agree. READ MORE
Alcoholism and depression are often comorbidities. Psychiatric consultation (ask your GP) is probably wise before undertaking sertraline dosing. READ MORE
Aspergers is a "spectrum disorder", treatment may be dependent on where he fits on the spectrum. READ MORE
It would depend on the therapist, the child's age, the nature of the treatment contract, etc. READ MORE
Prophylactic psychiatric intervention is a questionable notion. Considering the nature of adolescence, particularly questionable. READ MORE
Friends are important, but are found quite varyingly. Since there are no signs of distress, encouraging and setting an example seem appropriate enough. READ MORE
What is your standard for "normal"? Does watching block expected activity in kindergarten or play? It may just disappear; try to keep note without undue pressure or transmitting anxiety. READ MORE
Discussion with your LMD is the first step, with a request for referral to a mental health specialist as part of the dialogue. Anxiety and depression sometimes present this way. READ MORE
A consultation with your LMD to check on systemic health is indicated. A request for referral to a mental health specialist should be made by you, if systemic illness is not part of the picture. Anxiety and depression can present this way. READ MORE
A discussion with your LMD is the place to begin. If you don't have one, you can get the names of mental health professionals from your local mental health assn. or local branches of the AMA, the APA, (psychiatry or psychology) Social Work association, VNA etc. Your previous job may also be able to supply information as may your local hospital. Most importantly, do not ignore your symptoms. READ MORE
It is generally considered unwise and dangerous to do so. Zoloft or Sertraline is a potent drug with a potential for serious side effects affecting consciousness, balance, nausea etc., all of which are made worse by alcohol. READ MORE
Have the symptom complex examined by your LMD or cardiologist. Anxiety alone is unlikely to precipitate sharp chest pain, although it can accompany, precede or follow cardiopulmonary disease. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- PROF.EMERITUS PSYCHIATRYGEFFEN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE UCLA1984 - 2016
- FORMER CHAIR PSYCHIATRYUMDNJ (NJMS)1975 - 1984
- INSTR-ASSOC PROF PSYCH,PUBLIC HEALTH &SOCIOLOGYYALE1964 - 1970
- DIR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES DIV.NIMH1970 - 1973
- DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS1997YALE PSYCHIATRY
- HONORARY ALUMNUS2011YALE
- V a New York Harbor Healthcare System Brooklyn Campus
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- j.thomas stroke shield foundation
Professional Society Memberships
- APA,APHA ,SigmaXi, ACP,NYAS,NYAM ,ASA
Articles and Publications
- Published 50-100 Publications
What do you attribute your success to?
His parents, excellent teachers throughout school, his 2 years of active duty with the air force, and his bright supportive wife and children.
Hobbies / Sports
- Playing Handball, Tennis, King's Crown Rifle Activity
Favorite professional publications
- The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Dr. Claudewell S. Thomas M.D.'s Practice location
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA 90275 Get Direction
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- Top 5 Signs You Might Be a Narcissist
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- Understanding the Causes of Depression: Is Depression Hereditary?
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