Sequential care is a collaborative learning process.  Patients and clinicians can work together using this model to achieve one or more goals selected by the patient.  

For chronic conditions, like mood and anxiety disorders, the long term goal is to increase the rate individuals make wise decisions amicably with their supports.

As you follow the steps described here, you will consider reasonable options, exercise your preferences and evaluate outcomes.  Sequential care works best when patients and clinicians engage in shared decision making.  This requires each participant to share the work require to understand the options and measure results.

As you accumulate information such as definitive treatment outcomes and knowledge of your individual pattern of side effects, you will gradually learn what works best for you and optimize your treatment plan.