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This situation has damaged my mental health

Published Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Kaiser psychiatry has been denying me decent care for many years. The wait time for an appointment is at least a month. By the time I get in to see a therapist, I’ve already muddled through the problem I made the appointment for. What good is it if I can’t even get help when I need it? It’s like waiting a few months to treat a broken bone until it’s already healed improperly on its own. I’ve been repeatedly pushed toward group therapy against my will when I really needed to see a therapist one-on-one. I’ve opted to just keep things bottled up rather than talk about very personal things in front of total strangers. I’ve frequently felt like my privacy was under attack at Kaiser. This mistreatment has created a very unhealthy situation for me and further damaged my mental health.