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This neglect led to one of my suicide attempts

Published Thursday, April 18, 2019

I was diagnosed with severe depression in my early adolescence and received the appropriate care as a pediatric patient all the way to age 18. But once I reached adult age, it would take a month or more to get an appointment with my psychologist and it would be a short appointment at that. My psychiatrist was also very hard to get an appointment with. When someone with depression and anxiety is trying to get back to “normal” and their medications aren’t working, they need help as soon as possible. This neglect led to one of my suicide attempts and even after this, I still felt my care was inadequate. I finally decided to change facilities and providers.