Dr. Claudewell S. Thomas M.D., Psychiatrist

Dr. Claudewell S. Thomas M.D.

Psychiatrist | Psychiatry

About

Dr. Claudewell Thomas is a public health/community psychiatrist. 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

Board Certification

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Provider Details

Male English, Spanish, German
Dr. Claudewell S. Thomas M.D.
Dr. Claudewell S. Thomas M.D.'s Expert Contributions
  • Covid-19 & Police Violence

    Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war, with the Iron Cross, the Swastika, the KKK Cross, and the twisted cross of MOM (aka POTUS) going on before, as SARS-CoV-2 looks on and licks its chops. The image of the warrior cop has been brutally exploited. The civil servant whose primary...

  • Politicizing the 4 Horsemen

    Memorial Day 2020 is now in the books, some beaches, places of entertainment, bars, barber-nail, and hair salons reopened with or without mandatory masks, somewhat meaningless social distancing, etc. Some of the randomness in the responses was due to the limited availability of 830 pages of "How To"...

  • Covid-19 Time Digital Response

    I have stated many times that this pandemic will permanently affect mankind. I believe that humanism is being challenged successfully by the digital response and algorithmic optioning. I believe that the elderly are most at risk because of slow responsiveness and uncertainty but the learned response...

  • Guideline Subversion

    The lifting of severe restrictions on movement and enterprise is a state responsibility according to the White House. There is no overarching USPHS authority to set priorities and to address triage in the event of a dramatic worsening of the pandemic. Therefore, the politicization of information...

  • Now You See Him, Now You Don't

    The Trumpeter aka POTUS aka Master Of Malice (MOM) after deciding to shut down the Coronavirus Task Force, which was functioning as a press conference gone sour, changed his mind after hearing that it was popular. There appears to be no residual awareness that the task force was an information...

  • All out assaults on the SARS-COV2 virus

    World infections from Covid-19 causative agent have soared past three million and related deaths past 230 thousand. The USA contributing about 1/3 to each category. Suicide, homicide, child and elder abuse as well as domestic violence's old standby partner (usually wife, but not always) abuse is...

  • Telehealth and COVID-19 Continuation

    Yesterday, the most Covid-19 deaths in a single day were recorded. This followed by several hours the dispensation granted to Ventura County, CA to reopen beaches, restaurants, ballparks, etc. provided that mitigation guidelines are followed. Causation can't logically be assigned but it is almost as...

  • Covid-19 continued

    I am continuing to write to FindaTopDoc and forwarding to Octogenarians. Those of you who have been following my posts have read about the vulnerability of our fee for service medical care system to being taken down by emergency care overload due to natural causes or internal or foreign attack. You...

  • Goebel Speaking & Pseudoscience

    I am continuing to speak simultaneously to the readers of FindaTopDoc and The Octogenarians hoping thereby to save lives by reaching as many as possible. Yesterday, I sent the following comment to The Octogenarians as a reply 'One doesn't have to be discursive or philosophical to know that the...

  • Revisiting the function of government through the lens of Covid-19

    I am continuing the practice of posting FindaTopdoc submissions to the Octogenarians blog simultaneously. The purpose is to disseminate information and access to information as widely as possible during this coronavirus national and world crisis. The number of confirmed cases in the USA is above...

  • Coronavirus recalled incidents revisited

    As I note that the fired Captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt is both retired and symptomatically ill, as well as testing positively for Covid-19, I recall more of the airstrip incident and trial at Johnson AFB over 60 years ago. The request for a psychiatric examination came from the Major's...

  • Coronavirus

    There were two incidents that occurred yesterday that recapitulated earlier events in a déjà Vu manner. The first was the firing of the Captain of one of our two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers by the acting Secretary of the Navy for trying to raise the alarm following a steep rise of infected...

  • Staggering Projections

    As POTUS struts and frets upon the stage without Shakespearian dignity or grace, the predictions that are allowed to be heard are getting worse. Confirmed cases are close to 205,000 with deaths approaching 5,000 in the USA. This is as world impact somewhat slows approaching 900,000 confirmed and...

  • Misinformation and disinformation about Covid-19

    The fourth estate has taken on the task of keeping the general public apprised of the progress of the corona pandemic through the world and locally. This function is acknowledged by most countries but carefully controlled by authoritarian governments. Here in the USA local stations and local...

  • The "China" Virus

    POTUS insists on using the term "China" virus for Covid-19 and implies that Chinese concealment of the disease prevented the USA from being further ahead in prevention and treatment of the disease. The latest 60 minutes program courtesy of CBS and Bill Whittaker sheds a lot of light on this...

  • Not So Simple Things You Need To Know Continued

    The number of people believed to be infected by covid-19 in the USA now exceeds earlier expectations by so much that mandatory stay at home orders have been issued by the governor of California and the mayor of New York City. There are approximately 41 million Californians and 11 million New...

  • Some not so simple things you need to know in order to evaluate what you are being told

    The basic thing to be understood is that there is a real threat to life posed by Covid-19. This is primarily because it is a disease entirely new to our species. This means that there are no people in the world who are immune because of inheriting factors specific to the disease. This does not mean...

  • Simple things you need to grasp about Covid-19

    Two words that need to be understood are connectivity and superinfection. The first in pandemic terms is the measurable connectedness between humans who are subject to infection or contamination by a pathogen. A zero distance means physical contact a three-foot distance is probably the traversable...

  • The Source of Simple Things to Know

    Secretary of HUD, Ben Carson, a formerly renowned (pediatric?) neurosurgeon irritably shared with George Stephanopolous of ABC news his dissatisfaction with Americans failing to understand some simple things about viruses and dealing with them. I am grateful for Dr. Ben's concerns and for his taking...

  • Following The Virus

    What is known is much less than what is not known. We are closer to the truth if we talk about the known as what is likely to be true. What is known is that the coronavirus has appeared on all of the world's continents except Antarctica. It is likely to be true that 3,000 or so people have died from...

  • Coronavirus Follow Up

    There are now declared states of emergency all over the USA, Seattle, Portland, New York City, Washington D.C., San Diego, Los Angeles, etc. What it means is that cases are springing up in areas thought to be free of a history of cross-communication with infected sites and people domestically and...

  • Viral Update

    The market decline continues as the first human trials in the U.S. have begun. Not too much can be expected from them short-term because of the small sample size and the six-month initial distribution phase followed by a subsequent four to six-month clinical phase with analysis and interpretation...

  • Covid-19 and the Global Economy Continued

    Yesterday's 1,023 point decline in the DJI with accompanying similar jolts in the NASDAQ and world markets put us all on notice that the withdrawal of China's > 23% investiture in world trade can cripple the world's economy. An early morning "recovery" today has given way to a resumption of...

  • Covid-19 and Global Trade Continued

    The February 19th business beat section of the LA Times featured a Bloomberg news article on Global trade. The article stated that international commerce movement involving Chinese goods or intermediation, already slowed by tariffs according to the World Trade Organization (WTO) have been further...

  • Coronavirus and the Economy

    In 2003 when SARS struck, China accounted for approximately 8% of world commerce according to KCET's France24, but with COVID-19 China's share of world commerce is 19%. This is disrupted by viral attacks. This is a powerful blow to the world's economy and could be the beginning of a worldwide...

  • Pandemic Politics

    The city of Wuhan and its associated province were put under new political leadership as China threw new, substantial resources into the fight against COVID-19. Street spraying glycols and helicopter drops of defoliants and insecticides are allied with the national jingoistic assertion of pride and...

  • Coronavirus Follow Up

    The coronavirus, now called COVID-19, appears to be sweeping through China with roughly 50,000,000 people under quarantine according to Emily Baumgaertner, LA Times staff writer in a Feb. 5 article. That article indicated that COVID-19 had reached four continents and infected 24,000 people, at...

  • Wuhan isn't Nineveh

    WHO has decided that the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan and at least five and probably eight other Chinese cities is an epidemic in China, an evolving epidemic worldwide and a global threat. Apparently, this designation allows airlines to cancel flights to Chinese cities, possibly to China itself...

  • Coronavirus Follow Up

    The number of cases of the Wuhan strain of coronavirus showing up around the world is increasing geometrically. At least 1000 cases are reported, unofficially, because of the tight censorship now being exercised. Wuhan is not just another city in China. It is a showpiece for entertainment and the...

  • R.I.P. Kobe & Follow Up on the Corona Virus from Wuhan

    The death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter along with seven others reminds us of the risks involved with technology. Why a commercial helicopter was flying in weather that had grounded police helicopters we may never know. Kobe was more than a great basketball player, he spoke four languages and was...

  • The Blue Planet Strikes Back?

    The United Nations General Assembly adopting the recommendations of the World Health Organization, has announced through its Scandinavian female leader, a commitment to three hundred trillion euro expenditure from now to 2050 to arrest and reverse the human contribution to global warming and...

  • Septicemia and Infectious Disease

    As has been mentioned, Torrance Memorial Hospital sent out an excellent discussion of septicemia in its Advantage newsletter. It is clear that the management of this entity in which the body's mechanisms turn against the body, requires hospital care in specially trained and equipped units. It...

  • Disquieting Random News

    It must be that your basic mindset substantially affects what comes to your mind as well as what you do with the information. Ostensibly random reading and TV, excluding war talk, brought up a new viral outbreak in Hunin, 37 miles away from Hong Kong, with 37 to 50 cases similar to a 2013 outbreak...

  • Adaptation and Survival: Following up on Ebola, Antibiotic Resistance, and Climate Change

    As the earth warms, subjecting areas to fire and flood, Permian frost gives up animal tissue which is being studied for genomic structure which in turn supplies clues to historical origin. A creature has been found which may be the ancestor of both dog and wolf. If so, the view of the dog as a...

  • Antibiotic Resistance, Immune System Evasion and You

    Have you seen a doctor or a health care professional recently? Did he or she shake hands? Did he or she inconspicuously or blatantly use hand sanitizer thereafter or washed his or her hands? If your doctor is not the convivial type, you may have to guess if you are afraid to ask. The so called...

  • Antibiotic Resistance and Alzheimer's; A Possible Bane to the Elderly and Immune System Challenge Link to Schizophrenia a Possible Bane to the Young

    A special report in the November issue of Psychiatric Times, reported on new findings from prospective studies which were presented at the 2019 Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) in Los Angeles, CA. The authors were Aliev, M.D., PhD, Bachurin, PhD, DSC, Mikhaylenko, M.S.,Bragin...

  • Hide and Seek and Your Health

    The many threats to our health and well-being (our health equity) encounter our last line of defense, our immune system. Whether the pathogen is a virus, bacterium, fungus, parasite, mold or cancer cell. Defending cells become mobilized by the body to attack and neutralize the threat, most often...

  • The Law of Unintended Consequences & Ecologic Change

    I ended my last post with a hooray for Yale's double overtime win over Harvard on reunion weekend. The post had to do with evolutionary response of living or near living organisms to the threat of ecology caused extinction. That threat imposed upon the game festivities and excitement as indicated in...

  • Internal Threats to the Future of Homo Sapiens

    Biodiversity and population control are the mechanisms employed by living organisms and near living organisms, mostly proteinaceous, to cope with and adapt to ecological change. This change is mostly global warming due to CO2 concentration. We have to prevent an additional one and one half degree...

  • Pandemics, Epidemics and the Ecology Continued: With Some Long Overdue Acknowledgements

    There are new outbreaks of febrile intestinal illness involving many states east of the Rockies. The CDC indicates packaged vegetable produce from areas involved in prior flooding and associated with particular companies. There are issued recalls on the packaged products and stores have been...

  • Backtracking Homo Sapiens into the Future

    As we try to control global warming and environmental deterioration, information from the past is producing fresh insights. First described in 1935, according to Bruce Bower in Science News, in turn quoting Wei Wang, based on a molar purchased from a traditional Chinese drugstore Gigantopithecus...

  • Infection and Mental Illness Link

    The November 2019 issue of Psychiatric Times features an article by Brian Miller, MD, PhD, MPH titled, "Examining the Link Between the Immune System and Schizophrenia." This article reports prepublication results of a study conducted by Steiner, Fodl and Schitz (Schizophrenia Bulletin: August 2019...

  • Follow Up on Ecology and Disease Spread

    We have discussed in prior posts the relationship between climate change, environmental alterations, and species and vector adaptation, producing endemic to epidemic disease with the threat of pandemic outcomes. We have used measles and Ebola as prime examples but mentioned avian flu, swine flu and...

  • There's No Business Like Government

    Michael Heltzie in the October 26th issue of the Los Angeles Times attacks the premise that government should be run like a business. He gives the current wildfire crisis in California as an example of the folly of entrusting the public welfare definable as health equity and wealth equity (lives,...

  • Truths and Consequences of Ecology with uninformed Astrophysical Speculation

    Ecological disasters are sweeping the USA. In the wake of climate change pursuant to global warming, here in California flash fires are burgeoning both North and South. Firefighters, homeowners and police are fighting back using hoses, fire retardants, defoliants, etc. saving lives is the first...

  • Follow Up on Opioid Toxicity

    As the California court system delves deeper into the death of Tyler Skaggs, the Los Angeles pitcher whose death several months ago stunned the team, organized professional baseball, his family and the country, certain things are now clear. Tyler Skaggs apparently had an antecedent problem with...

  • Follow up on Epidemic Watch Continued

    Ebola is not the only viral threat that is quietly on the march. In the Saturday, October 26th Los Angeles Times, ON THE GROUND IN KAMPALA UGANDA, Krista Mahr reports the progression of a measles epidemic despite the near elimination of the disease by immunization in 2016. It would appear that it is...

  • Water Water Everywhere

    The ancient mariner will not be the only occupant of a boat surrounded by undrinkable water if current trends and practices go unaltered. As explorations of our fellow planets progress, we are discovering that many had water millions of years ago and lost that water to solar winds, insufficient...

  • Revisiting Ebola With A View Of The Future

    A recent issue of Sigma XI presents a view of the future of our interaction with the menace of Ebola. This is done through a new computer model. The article begins with a header that states..."Factors like climate change and greater poverty could make an outbreak more likely"..."the model tracks how...

  • Revisiting Health Care Equity

    Medscape, WebMD, AJPH, Sigma XI, Smithsonian, The Atlantic Magazine, and the Journal of the Academy of Medicine are among the many scientific and medical journals speaking out about the untoward influence of transactional money exchange on health, longevity, and quality of life. Meredith E. Ganser...

  • Is There a Gaming Disorder? ICD 11 vs DSM 6-7

    By way of necessary background information, the International Classification of Diseases (mental and physical disorders) is the official disease reference of WHO (the world health organization and part of the U.N.) and is used by most of Europe, the U.K, Canada, and much of South and Central America...

  • New Found Interest in Mental Illness

    In the September 10th Los Angeles Times, staff writer Mary Healy addressed the increasing concern and fear of mental illness in the U.S. population because of the improper linking of mass shootings and other mass homicidal attacks to mental illness in the perpetrator. She indicates past and ongoing...

  • Youth is Under Threat

    The American Psychiatric Association has issued an alert via Psychiatric Times to the effect that American youths between the ages of 15 and 25 are at risk of psychiatric morbidity from anxiety/depression, opioid addiction, e vaping nicotine or THC (the active ingredient of marijuana) or simply the...

  • More Potholes on the Road to Happiness

    It is reasonably obvious that anxiety/depression is an unhappy state that destroys interpersonal relationships and intrapersonally (intrapsychically) is a threat. Not only to function, but to life, and is connected to addiction and suicide. Its connection to a common but puzzling form of dermatitis...

  • More on Fleeing Anxiety/Depression

    On convertibles I failed to mention that side windows on cars may not have adequate sun ray protection and if they do have adequate protection it is like sunbathing, time sensitive; of course the open window eliminates the protection altogether. The exposed arm is simply more vulnerable to sunburn...

  • The Marijuana Argument Continues

    THC is a gateway drug. It has little pain obliteration effectiveness. THC has a definite pain obliterative effect and there is benefit from the mood elevation effect delivered with little risk of habituation. This is an example of two apparently contradictory things being true at the same time....

  • Falling Life Expectancy in the USA: Guns, Suicide, Climate Change, and Opioids

    According to the February/March 2019 issue of The Nation's Health, 2019 is the third straight year that the U.S. has experienced a fall in life expectancy as a whole. This includes most  population groups. The decline is attributed in large measure to suicide and drug overdoses. The following is...

  • Response To Anxiety/Depression Via Sun and Surf Carries Risk

    A hedonistic excursion of some sort is often suggested for those of us who are down in the dumps, for good reason or not. With feelings characterized as listless or lack of energy (depressive or dyskinesia) hiking, camping, road trips, etc. are undertaken with a beach or spa excursion included, if...

  • The Ebola Threat Grows

    Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever which means it causes severe bleeding in tissues like the gut, lung, brain, kidney, liver, etc. It is a painful and agonizing illness which results in the virtual explosion of cells and a quick death. It is characterized by extreme temperature elevation and...

  • What To Do When Ebola Arrives

    I have encountered many diseases in the course of a lifetime. Most of the relatively rare ones, not personally, but professionally. Professionally, I've encountered them through psychiatry from medical clerkship and internship. MOD status in emergency rooms, civilian and Air Force. Entities like...

  • Survival Guides for Domestic Terrorism

    I have been reading various survival guides in this era of (mostly gun violence) domestic terrorism. One thing that seems common is the reversal of everyday logic like "safety in numbers", "fight back" , "good guys with guns", etc. Free association contributes the orchestra of the Titanic when...

  • Domestic Violence en masse: A Public Health Epidemic

    The nation is facing an epidemic of gun violence that has all of the characteristics of other epidemics. There are many ways to look at what is happening. It can be seen as a series of quakes along with identifiable socioeconomic and ethnoracial fault lines in our country. From this point of view,...

  • What you need to know to maximize your health and a healthy lifestyle

    In order to preserve your health, you need to know what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, and the ability to obtain reliable information. For those who have a primary care provider, this is the most obvious source of information. However, this brings to light issues of health insurance and...

  • Eco-Anxiety and Depression vs Reality Based Concern

    Previous articles have dealt with the progression of disease through endemic, epidemic, and pandemic phases with attention paid to the effect of climate change on enablement and/or acceleration of the process. Recent articles in publications such as Medscape point to an increase in depressive...

  • Climate Change and You & Your Neighbors Health

    A series of prior articles have been concerned with public health aspects of the nation's health. It is increasingly apparent that climate change is of major importance in our world's and our nation's health. The last post dealing with endemic disease translation into epidemic and possibly pandemic...

  • Epidemics, Pandemics & Healthcare Revisited

    Aeon essays present a fascinating illustration of the effect of climate change on habitat, protective coats, furs, diet, and tick proliferation. The difference between winter ticks, summer ticks, black ticks, etc. Interesting reading but to those with limited interests. The denouement is that tick...

  • Chronic Pain In the Elderly Impaired and the Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic rages on. Federal court judgments have been handed down against Big Pharma companies, sending one into bankruptcy, pending appeal. Physicians have been fined and imprisoned, and at least one major Educational Medical Facility is under investigation.We all bemoan cupidity and...

  • Revisiting Healthcare as Commodity: With Implications for the Opioid and Other Epidemics

    In the past six months or so, I’ve witnessed two friends experiencing finger injuries that required suturing. Both were attended to quite well. One of them, a woman, required sutures at a nearby hospital and was attended to by a physician. She disregarded the instructions and her sutures needed to...

  • More on the New Specialists

    In the Journal Medical Care, (April 18,2019), Muensch, Spets, Jura et al. described their research involving opioid prescribing outcomes of medicare beneficiaries managed by nurse practitioners and physicians. The medicare data they used was from 2009-2013. The research was directed toward...

  • The Health Care Dilemma: New Specialist Impact

    A new medical specialty has been defined, called Addiction Specialist. It has its own specialty board and certification standards. It requires a MD and specialization beyond internal medicine. This specialty can be seen as an attempt of American medicine to respond to the increased seriousness of...

  • Health Equity: What Does it Mean?

    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...

  • Health Care Providers, Patients, and the Undeclared War:

    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...

  • Another Look at Gun Violence, The Opioid Epidemic, Suicide, and Depression/Anxiety

    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...

  • Technological Innovation in Medical Research and Practice and Ethics: Are the two in conflict?

    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...

  • Healthcare and Politics

    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...

  • Pubic Health in Pursuit of Happiness

    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...

  • Health, Happiness, Anxiety/Depression, Addiction, Gun Violence... One Hell of a Gordian Knot!

    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...

  • Work and Physical and Mental Health

    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"....

  • A Pandemic of Anxiety/Depression: What Does It Mean for Each Individual in the US?

    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...

  • Globalism and Healthcare: Staying Tuned

    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...

  • Prodrome or Concomitant?

    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...

  • National Angst and the Opioid Epidemic

    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...

  • World Leadership and Individual Wellbeing

    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...

  • Anxiety and Depression: Products of Daily Living or Indicators of Ill Health?

    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,...

  • Emergency Room Health Care: Commodity, Right, Privilege, First Line of Defense

    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,...

  • I am suddenly binge eating. Is it a mental disorder?

    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

  • I feel negative most of the time. Is it a sign to be worried about?

    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

  • How should a person requiring psychiatric help be approached?

    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

  • Does my son need to go through some kind of counselling during my divorce proceedings?

    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

  • Antidepressants and fibromyalgia

    Consultation with a neuropsychiatrist could be helpful. You might suggest that to your doctor. READ MORE

  • What is the reason for constant negative feelings in my daughter?

    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

  • Can BP medicines cause hallucination?

    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

  • Is depression a sign of madness?

    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

  • Why do I have stabbing pain in my lower abdomen?

    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

  • Are there any exercises for the brain?

    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

  • Can a psychiatrist help with my memory loss?

    The psychiatric specialization that deals with that is called neuropsychiatry. A careful total evaluation (healthwise) is called for. READ MORE

  • Vivid daydreams

    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

  • Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

    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

  • I think I started binge eating. Is it a mental disorder?

    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

  • Is negative thinking a disease?

    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

  • Privacy and confidentiality with caregivers

    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

  • Can I go to a psychiatrist instead of a psychologist?

    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

  • Depression and Alcohol..Chicken or the egg?

    Alcoholism and depression are often comorbidities. Psychiatric consultation (ask your GP) is probably wise before undertaking sertraline dosing. READ MORE

  • My son has Asperger's Syndrome. How is it treated?

    Aspergers is a "spectrum disorder", treatment may be dependent on where he fits on the spectrum. READ MORE

  • Patient privacy when it's a child being seen

    It would depend on the therapist, the child's age, the nature of the treatment contract, etc. READ MORE

  • Looking for help with my teenage daughter

    Prophylactic psychiatric intervention is a questionable notion. Considering the nature of adolescence, particularly questionable. READ MORE

  • How important is having friends?

    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

  • My son watches the same movie over and over

    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

  • At night, thinking prevents me from sleeping. Can I do anything about it?

    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

  • Sudden mental fatigue--what can it be?

    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

  • I think I may be depressed. What do I do?

    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

  • Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Zoloft?

    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

  • I'm having some severe chest pain with anxiety. Is this dangerous? What could it be?

    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

Social psychiatry,forensic psychiatry,cross cultural psychiatry

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • PROF.EMERITUS PSYCHIATRY GEFFEN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE UCLA 1984 - 2016
  • FORMER CHAIR PSYCHIATRY UMDNJ (NJMS) 1975 - 1984
  • INSTR-ASSOC PROF PSYCH,PUBLIC HEALTH &SOCIOLOGY YALE 1964 - 1970
  • DIR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES DIV. NIMH 1970 - 1973

Awards

  • DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS 1997 YALE PSYCHIATRY 
  • HONORARY ALUMNUS 2011 YALE 

Residency

  • 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

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