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July 17th, 2019

My daughter thinks about suicide most days

My 15-year-old daughter is currently being treated for depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation at Kaiser Santa Clara. Her treatment began in January 2019. Her therapist is fantastic but my daughter can only get an appointment every four to six weeks. She recently suffered a sexual assault and even this was not enough to allow for […]


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July 10th, 2019

Some of the damage can never be un-done.

My daughter has suffered from mental health symptoms since childhood. We felt lucky to be paired with an outstanding psychiatrist and an outstanding therapist through Kaiser. However, when the therapist suggested a follow-up appointment in two weeks, invariably the wait would be six weeks. When follow up should be in one month, the wait would […]


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July 3rd, 2019

I continue to wait

I switched to Kaiser at the end of 2018, and began seeking ongoing treatment for major depressive order and generalized anxiety disorder, which I’ve struggled with since I was a teenager. I saw a psychiatrist in February 2019 — and from there made an appointment to see a general therapist, who I couldn’t see until […]


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June 26th, 2019

I see my clinician once every 4-6 weeks

I have been receiving care at the Vacaville Kaiser facility for the past four years. Within time span, I see my clinician once every 4-6 weeks. Some of the time, I am able to make it work, given that I have developed a lot of coping strategies and I can get help between appointments with […]


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June 25th, 2019

If I die, Kaiser is 100 percent at fault

I am lucky to get one appointment per month. Kaiser will refer you over and over again to group classes instead of one-on-one care. Recently, my health has been declining and I asked to be referred to one of the groups called Wise Minds at the Kaiser Oakland facility. The group has over a month […]