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

Published Saturday, October 12, 2019

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 stable now, but we only get to see his psychiatrist every six months. Urgent appointments are not available if a crisis happens. I also feel they are lacking therapists specializing in kids. All of my son’s hospitalizations were outside of Kaiser, and we’ve had to see therapists outside of Kaiser because Kaiser lacks the resources and facilities to handle mental health care.

Santa Clarita