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October 16th, 2019

Another three months of waiting

For most of my life I’ve been fighting depression. Early in 2019 I decided to finally do something about it. I called to make an appointment in April, on a weekend, and listened to a robot tell me to call during business hours. I tried again in May and got the ball rolling on my […]


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October 15th, 2019

My child started showing signs that something was wrong as a toddler

My child started showing signs that something was wrong as a toddler. She was not affectionate with family and would scream and repeatedly hit her head. Kaiser’s answer: a girls’ social skills group. In grade school, she would go catatonic, curl up in fetal position, and have to be picked up from school. Kaiser’s answer: […]


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October 14th, 2019

My son was diagnosed at 17 with bipolar 1 disorder

My son was diagnosed at 17 with bipolar 1 disorder. There was no support for parents or patients. He was very depressed and walked out on his job at 20 years old. The psychiatrist gave him Zoloft, an antidepressant. Due to my ignorance with the illness, I was unaware that this medicine would send him […]


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October 13th, 2019

Trying to get help was adding to my stress

I was feeling like I needed some help. I was told I had to go to the Kaiser facility. First I had to wait a long time just to check in. Then I was told that they operate on first come, first served basis, so I had to wait around two hours to see someone. […]


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October 12th, 2019

My son has autism, ADHD, depressive disorder, and anxiety

My son has autism, ADHD, depressive disorder, and anxiety. He has been hospitalized three times. Before all of his hospitalizations, there were warnings signs and severe behaviors that needed to be addressed. If we had been able to schedule an appointment rather than exchanging phone calls, his hospitalizations could gave been prevented. He is more […]