Kaiser, Don't Deny
Patients need access to timely and consistent mental health services
Easier to get alcohol than therapyPublished Monday, December 24, 2018
Ten years ago I tried multiple times to get therapy for depression, and was told it would be a one- to two-month wait. It’s a lot easier to get alcohol than therapy, and it works better in the short term, anyway. I don’t blame anyone else for my mistakes, but it seems short-sighted for Kaiser to pay a fortune now to fix my liver rather than shelling out for a few therapy sessions back then. Chemical dependency services have been amazingly good, but they should be a last resort. You wouldn’t wait for someone to have a stroke before treating high blood pressure – don’t ignore people with mental health issues until it’s too late.