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Make the most of your treatment plan. Remember that you and your doctor are in this together, and like with any relationship, the more you put in to it, the more you are likely to get in return. Make it a true partnership by staying informed and active in your treatment. Here are a few ideas, and your health care professional may have others.
- Recording your symptoms and writing down questions before your visits can help you and your doctor discuss whether your current treatment plan is working or if changes are needed
- Do your best to follow your health care professional's advice—this may include things like taking medication as prescribed, following a routine, and keeping a Mood Tracking Diary
You can download and print a Mood Tracking Diary from your computer at SEROQUELXR.com or e‐mail it to yourself here:
- Be honest about things that are bothering you and side effects that you may be experiencing
- Let your health care professional know if you notice mood changes
- Tell your health care professional if you are thinking about stopping your prescribed medication
Finding a doctor or therapist you trust, and with whom you feel you can partner to reach your goals, is key to a successful treatment plan. Prepare to have a productive conversation with your doctor.
Be honest. Be direct. Be specific.
Tell your doctor about:
- Changes in or new symptoms of depression or mania
- Changes in your sleeping, eating patterns, and other symptoms
- Days you missed taking your medicine
- If you are taking new medicines for other conditions
Here are some questions to start your conversation. Asking these questions at your appointment will help you and your doctor decide whether SEROQUEL XR is an appropriate treatment option for you:
- Is SEROQUEL XR right for me?
- Will SEROQUEL XR treat my depression (lows)?
- Will SEROQUEL XR also treat my mania (highs)?
- What are the side effects of SEROQUEL XR?
- When may I expect to see results?
- In addition to medication, what are the other parts of my treatment plan?
For quick access to these questions at your next appointment, bookmark this page.
If you have bipolar disorder or depression...
- Try not to isolate yourself. Make sure you let your loved ones know that you do want and need their support
- Keep in mind that your loved ones may be going through a difficult time also. They may feel stressed or guilty about your situation
- Consider family counseling. A trained professional can help you work through difficult conversations
If you or a loved one is struggling with chronic mental illness, additional support and resources are available.
AstraZeneca has long supported the mental health community and initiatives to assist people with bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and other conditions in living healthier, more productive lives.
AstraZeneca is proud to support programs that can help you and your family in partnership with many leading mental health organizations, including those listed below.
Social Security disability benefits information
Mental illness, like physical illness, can be serious and disabling. It is possible for people diagnosed with a mental illness to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, but not everyone will qualify and certain guidelines must be met.
Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least 1 year or result in death. Federal law requires this very strict definition of disability. While some programs give money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not. Certain family members of disabled workers can also receive money from Social Security.
There are multiple ways that a person can learn more about these benefits and apply for them:
Applying for disability benefits does not guarantee that benefits will be granted. Strict requirements must be met in order for benefits to be granted.