Posted 5/18/2006 12:29 PM (GMT -7)
Hi mysts,  I think there are several factors that have to be weighted in here before hand and perhaps this maybe where your physician would be coming from...I dont know.  One being is length of time you have been on your current medication regime.  Most times it takes several weeks and up to 8 to start working at therapeutic level in your body.  So for a doctor to not jump and start changing meds at the drop of a hat I think is a good thing.  Also, you stated in your post that you are having mood swings so it is appropriate to recommend a counselor for you to speak to and for them to assess your mental health status as the counselor would spend a longer length of time with you than the psychiatrist.  I does sound like maybe your psychiatrist is not conveying his thoughts on your treatment to you which is not good but is something you will find when you deal with a physician who treats severely mentally ill.  I would suggest that you write down your concerns on paper and take it to your next appointment, and be sure to address them with him.  Maybe you could also keep a calendar or diary of how you are feeling on a daily basis and also take this to your appointments so he will know that your not being impulsive in wanting to switch medications, that you are having real problems on the meds.


 

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