Kaiser, Don't Deny
Patients need access to timely and consistent mental health services
Kaiser was no help at allPublished Friday, April 5, 2019
In January, after two years of traumatic life events, I found myself unable to function normally. I felt like I was in a daze, could not focus or concentrate, had no physical energy, and was experiencing panic attacks. I knew something was wrong so I made an appointment with my primary care physician. She referred me to psychiatry. That appointment took two weeks to get. When I arrived for the second appointment, I discovered it was only an “intake” and I was referred to a third appointment to actually see a doctor. That took another two weeks. Yesterday, after a month of referrals, the doctor wrote me a prescription for some medication and that’s all. After taking the first dose, I became so ill I thought I’d have to go to the ER. So, here I am a month later, sick from the medication, no improvement in my symptoms, and no follow-up appointments. I’m a teacher and cannot do my job without concentration or energy. I’ve burned a month of sick leave trying to get help and have to try to go back to work without receiving any help at all. I don’t know where to go from here. The only thing I DO know is that Kaiser was no help at all.