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One of the Best Psychiatrists Kaiser Has show details One of the Best Psychiatrists Kaiser Has
Mar 9th, 2013

I was assigned to Dr. Oken after my previous psychiatrist had retired. I have been working with Dr. Oken for many years. He has helped me through some very difficult times. He was able to get a medication that works for both chronic pain and depression covered by both Kaiser and Medicare. That one pill caused my migraine's and chronic pain to cut in half along with helping with my depression. He doesn't like benzo's much and I know why. They are addictive and terribly hard to get off of. They were the first medications he helped me get rid of. He has been helpful when I have needed to be an in-patient. He has been kind and caring. He works well with my therapist who is out-sourced from Kaiser. He is a psychiatrist first and not a therapist but has made extra time available to me when my therapist was not available. He can be hard to get appointments with due to Kaiser's method of over taxing doctor's patient lists. However, I have found that phone appointments and e-mail work very well in getting a hold of him between office appointments. He has e-mailed me back way into the night and often on his days off. He puts in the time and effort to earn the right to be call a great psychiatrist! I am sorry others on this site have had poor experiences with him. I would recommend him highly!

Aug 9th, 2012

Out of nowhere declined a medication I had been ordering by mail for 15 years. He did not notify me that this would happen and I did not think to call until I was out (as this had never happened before). It's also impossible to get an appt with him as well. He thinks he's more powerful than he is and anyone with such a "god complex" should not be working in the medical profession. Kaiser rates very poorly overall in the area of mental health treatment.

Dr. Oken is an elderly Kaiser Rx doc who believes there is a pill to fix every MH challenge. show details Dr. Oken is an elderly Kaiser Rx doc who believes there is a pill to fix every MH challenge.
May 11th, 2012

I'm 72 years old and have had mental challenges since age 19 with mild to moderate depression. In June 2011, a family crisis caused Dr. Oken to escalate my situation unceremoniously. He called the police after my husband and I had a verbal fight. A few days later, after he prescribed a strong drug for psychosis and schizophrenia, I experienced frightening cognitive deterioration. Then, I was involuntarily admitted to a locked psychiatric facility for seven difficult days. This was totally unnecessary and abusive. Dr. Oken counters that he did the best he could, given the circumstances. However, he did not have the good judgment to admit he missed giving me advice that might have helped in the long run. While in the hospital, I got off an older antidepressant drug which, after decades of use, may have been causing the problem in the first place. My suggestion is if this doctor is assigned to you by Kaiser, tell them you'd like someone else.

This doctor needs to work on his interpersonal skills show details This doctor needs to work on his interpersonal skills
Jul 22nd, 2011

I was assigned to Dr. Oken at the time I requested individual counseling and/or couples counseling. He only works with medications, dispensing one or more nostrums chosen for a variety of purposes. I found his style to be seemingly charming and bearded like a regular psychiatrist might be, but also abrasive, argumentative, hostile and condescending. He changed my 50 year diagnosis -- major clinical depression with agitation and loss of affect -- to something far more critical in order to force me to try a drug I did NOT want to take.