I am sure I have shared that my oldest daughter and I share a diagnosis of Bipolar II. The last 8 months or so her anxiety has risen. I have talked to the doctors at Kaiser Permanante here in San Diego but they just want to wait it out. Really well thanks a ton because my poor 17 year old child has spent nearly a week a mess and Friday she had a major panic attack and it has not let go since. Her anxiety is so high she has been sick, physically ill, unable to go to school or her job and well it seems Kaiser isn’t at all concerned about its patients on the weekends because we cannot reach anyone over the weekend when it increased in strength.
Okay so this post is not only about how useless Kaiser Permanente’s psychiatry care is, but more about my poor child.
This poor girl has had severe issues since she was about 5 years old. We have done well to get her mostly stabilized but the last couple years have been hard for her. With taking on more personal responsibilities we have increased her stress level, and stress with Bipolar = ANXIETY and depression. She has taken a part time job, goes to school full time, has just gotten her own car and will now need to pay for the insurance and this is all added stress for this teenager with bipolar.
She has been in a major panic attack since Friday and has been anxious for about 8 months prior. The doctors response is I will see you in 6 months unless you call. Her old doctor that was on her plan before her father put her on Kaiser (to save money of course) would have been seeing her monthly at a minimum. Once she was not feeling well he would watch her like a hawk and see her every two weeks or weekly till she was better. I miss the ability to have a doctor that is not controlled by money hungry people, an HMO is what we have now. A big old waste of money but their Dad could care less, the court said he has to carry insurance for them but not good insurance is his answer. Have to love those CARING DADS. Jerk!
So we are waiting on a call back from the doctors office. Hoping we can get into see the doctor or at least get an anxiety med called in. Wish us luck!! Will keep you all in the loop with this.. If you have any suggestions, please leave me a comment.
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