Unfortunately, psychiatrists are in short supply across the United States, especially in rural areas and among the youth populations. It is likely related to a chronic lack of funding for mental health services. The result is that many individuals now see their primary care physicians for psychiatric medication and treatment.
Ideally, if you’re taking psychiatric medication, you should see the psychiatrist approximately once a month. Remember that is the ideal. You probably would not be able to see your psychiatrist that frequently unless you’re able to pay out of pocket (i.e. cash). Most insurance companies do not reimburse for monthly visits and many people cannot afford to pay cash for a monthly appointment.
When meeting a patient for the first time, psychiatrists may initially request frequent visits, particularly when prescribing a new medication. It is not unusual for a psychiatrist to prescribe a new medication and then reschedule an appointment within a few weeks or a month to assess a patient’s response to the drug. After that, the psychiatrist will usually suggest less frequent appointments.
How frequently a psychiatrist sees their patients can depend on many factors including personal philosophy, number of patients who require their services, level of funding and reimbursement rate, type of medication, age of patient, diagnosis, and so forth.
To answer your specific question, waiting over 100 days seems too long. You stated that you know how to get a sooner appointment. If you are uncomfortable with the long wait then schedule a sooner appointment. You also should discuss your concerns about the long wait with your psychiatrist. Thank you for your question. Please take care.