My experience was in 2011-2012 when I was (mid)diagnosed w schizoaffective disorder. She was the only Dr in my area, 45 min drive.
She would not believe me that I gained 40 pounds from the zyprexa. She told me, "You don't look depressed, you're wearing makeup today." I had low self esteem.
Knowing I had insomnia, she switched me to Risperdal. I couldn't sleep well for three months.
My follow ups for new meds was 3 months. That's a long time for a follow up appt. My new dr sees me every 2 weeks