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Dr. Thomas Steele

Psychiatry
Charleston, SC
59 years experience male

Locations

Office

Charleston, SC

Address

263 B King Street, Charleston, SC
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About

Bio

Dr. Steele trained at the University of Pennsylvania (MD), Johns Hopkins (MPH), and Stanford University (resident and Chief Resident in Psychiatry), and served in the Public Health Service at NIH. After residency he was an Assistant Professor and Associate, Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, and then Associate Professor, Professor, and now Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has been a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has published in the areas of medical education, psychopharmacology, mood disorders, and psychological adaptation to chronic renal disease. He is author of the acclaimed book "Outpatient Psychiatry: A Beginner's Guide."

Specialties
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Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: South Carolina

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

47 Answers
6 Agrees
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Steele
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Problems: 1. Ativan 2mg a healthy single dose, especially in older person (risk of falls, confusion), especially when taking other psychoactive meds (especially the very sedating (olanzapine). Ativan can be addicting, and you don't say total dose/d. 2. "anxiety" could reflect inadequate treatment of primary psychiatric disease(s). 3. ??diagnoses: both illnesses usually begin before 30 yrs age.
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A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Steele
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Augment vs change: Aripirazole can augment - improve the effectiveness of - antidepressants. This is usually done when the antidepressant is definitely, but only partially, effective. If the Paxil has not been at all effective despite an adequate dose and duration (at least 3-4 weeks), then probably better to switch to a different SSRI (assuming depression diagnosis is correct ) than to augment.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Steele
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Mental Health Center: Government-supported Mental Health centers have sliding fee scales. You need a comprehensive evaluation by a professional (physician, psychologist, nurse, or social worker); there are MANY different types of treatment - both medication, and therapy/counseling. Aerobic exercise helps, but you need more: a proper diagnosis to start, and probably medication (not necessarily antidepressants).

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Steele is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Steele is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you for your quick reply, I will soon make an appointment!
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Thank you very much for answering, I take your advice to see a dr.
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Appreciate your feedback. Feeling relaxed now. Thanks to you all.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UNIV OF PENNSYLVANIA
Graduated 1962MD

Residency

Stanford University Medical Center

Affiliations

Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
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