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I was told I had to try harder

Published Monday, December 31, 2018

After requesting a referral to see a therapist, I was referred to someone who told me that I would feel better if i just “tried harder” and “changed my diet.” At this time I was exercising regularly and eating a normal diet. I also was prescribed an antidepressant over the phone by another clinician. She told me that it would probably give me panic attacks, but but I’d just have to deal with them if I wanted to get better. I tried the medicine and it made me extremely depressed and even suicidal. Luckily I had support in my family, but the clinician did nothing to check in on me. Eventually I sought care out of Kaiser and have to pay out-of-pocket to receive competent care.