Hi, my name is Doug Huhn, and I’m still running for Congress. I shared in May during Mental Health Awareness Month my lifelong struggles with dysthymia, also know as treatment resistant depression, as well as ADHA, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I am inherently project oriented, I can read and discern an entire legislative bill in hours, which makes me exceptionally passionate about politics and socio-economics.
This passion recently led to a short relapse with alcohol. I am not immune to the stress of running for office and made the poor decision to self-medicate, rathe than reaching out to a fellowship of support. I sincerely apologize for any social media posts or conversations resulting from misplaced frustration. I am human and I realize I need help. I was denied inpatient rehab care several times by Blue Shield of California. As per LinkedIn, Jim Kiley, Kevin’s father, is the Medical Director in charge of my healthcare. I have been told time-and-time again that I must spice up, or embellish, my history and symptoms in order to get a higher level of care. I am fortunate my wife contacted the crisis intervention team this week when she realized I needed help. Roseville Police responded to determine the level of care I needed.
The patrolman, Chase, asked what he could do to help me. In all honesty, I was still generally intoxicated and I asked if we could hug. I cried in his arms and he gave me a long, hard hug that I needed. The team came back later that afternoon to follow up, take vitals and determine my next steps for care.
Yesterday, a uniformed social worker, CJ, stopped by with her partner Jas. We had an incredibly touching, engaging conversation for almost an hour. I couldn’t believe the time they were affording me. I can barely get an appointment with a counselor and here is a qualified, effective, helpful social worker at my house.
I applaud Chief Troy Bergstrom and the entire Roseville Police Department. Your entire team was professional, even when I didn’t deserve it. I can’t thank you enough! Your department is absolutely heading in the right direction regarding mental health. I have now been approved for rehab. In my opinion, it takes a lot of courage to show up to a program, but I’m ready. I will receive medical supervision. I was prescribed Abilify a few months ago which may have contributed to my recent behavioral health issues. I’ll have one-on-one counseling as well as group therapy. I really enjoy the group sessions because people are often raw, and it makes you feel less alone. On the other hand, they’re full of people that have been there for a few weeks and they’re so full of hope! The family involvement and aftercare planning are important resources to help me rebuild trust with my family and with you. I decided to share all of this to continue breaking down the stigma of mental health awareness. Everyone I talk with seems to be carrying a heavy burden. Even if you need to take that next step to a higher level of care, you’re not alone. I’ll be honest, I’m pretty nervous and I’ve been to rehab before. I’m looking forward to sharing my ongoing experiences in recovery with you and holding myself accountable to our district. As a final note, thank you to Senator John Fetterman for giving me the courage to get help. I am forever indebted to you, and to my wife, for never giving up on me.