I’m wondering: if you take psychotropic medications (e.g. antidepressants, mood stabilizers), and you undergo a medication change, over what timeframe does your doctor/psychiatrist effect the change?
When I first came into contact with psychiatry, some years ago, the medication changes I experienced took place over weeks. This avoided the worst of the side effects (which can be pretty bad, believe me!). These days, the trend is for rapid medication changes – at least in the city where I live – as rapidly as the body can tolerate, usually over periods of days rather than weeks. I went through a fairly large number of changes like this last year, and it was pretty awful.
So, I’m just wondering: do doctors and/or psychiatrists do things differently in different parts of the world? I’d be really interested to hear.
For the sake of comparison, I live in a large capital city in Australia.