And this was pretty obvious during 15 minutes googling I did a year ago. I put it to the psychiatric doctor that a 2 week taper, which would go from 80% occupancy to zero in one fell swoop, was way too fast. I begrudgingly achieved 3 weeks. Why the rush? Well maybe this “we would like to meet the minute you come off because that is when most people realise that they need to go back on antidepressants”. Anyway within days they were panicking, doing blood tests, because of unexplained flu symptoms. This was in the UK – I can honestly say that everything they did, from providing information, obtaining consent, drug choice, dosage and taper was way outside EXISTING pediatric NICE guidelines which require written information and consent, and, on tapering, say “Where antidepressant medication is to be discontinued, the drug should be phased out over a period of 6 to 12 weeks with the exact dose being titrated against the level of discontinuation/withdrawal symptoms. ” Psychiatrists cannot currently be trusted to prescribe or taper antidepressants to minors in accordance with CURRENT guidelines.