Genetic Testing For Psychiatric Medications

Genetic testing has been gaining popularity over the last few years, for things ranging from finding out your ancestry to finding out if you’re predisposed to developing serious medical conditions. Another area that is also getting attention recently is genetic testing for mental health medication recommendations.

In the past, finding the most effective psychiatric medication to treat a mental health disorder in different individuals was unfortunately a process trial and error. This could lead to frustration and discouragement about ever finding the right medication and would frequently cause those who suffer with mental health disorders to give up on the hope of every finding effective treatment. Genetic testing can now provide you and your medical provide with recommendations regarding which medications are best suited for your genetic makeup and which ones are not, thereby reducing a lot of the guesswork.

At Arbor Wellness, we offer genetic testing for psychiatric medications so our clients can find the best route of medication that will help their mental health disorders.

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How Do I Get a Genetic Test?

Arbor Wellness has teamed up with a leading company in the field of genetic testing, GeneSight, to offer testing for clients who are interested in getting tested. Clients can be conveniently tested while in treatment at Arbor Wellness and do not have to go to an outside laboratory or testing site.

GeneSight utilizes a test that they call the GeneSight Psychotrophic test. This genetic test can provide information to your medical provider about how your individual genetic makeup may react to or metabolize specific medications.

With these test results, medical providers gain insight that will impact your overall treatment plan. This information has the potential to inform decisions by the provider to make dose adjustments to current medications, to understand which medications are not likely to be effective for you, or to be informed about your risk of specific side effects from specific medications based on your DNA. .

How is Genetic Testing Done?

Genetic testing for psychiatric medication recommendations is a very easy and straightforward process.

All that is required, is for your DNA to be collected by a minimally-invasive and typically painless swap of the inside of your cheek. There is no need for bloodwork or needles at all. The DNA can easily and quickly be obtained while you are in treatment and results are returned in as little as 2 days allowing your treatment team to make changes to your treatment plan early in your treatment stay.

One option is a saliva test, for which your provider will take a mouth swab to send off to a lab. Results typically come back in just 5 to 7 business days depending on how busy the labs are. Some providers may instead opt for a blood test, which requires a small amount of blood to be drawn and sent to the lab. While saliva tests are less expensive, blood tests can test for a wider range of abnormalities, which can make them more effective depending on what condition you are testing for.

Is Genetic Testing Affordable?

Arbor Wellness and GeneSight are committed to making sure that any client who wants to obtain genetic testing of this kind can afford to do so. GeneSight works with your insurance provider to minimize your out of pocket expense as much as possible.

You can get more information about the entire process including cost by reaching out to GeneSight directly.

Genetic Testing For Psychiatric Medications in Nashville

If you are suffering from mental health symptoms and are looking for a clearer and more scientific way to get more accurate information about effective treatment.

Our highly trained staff can collect your DNA sample and send it to a reputable lab, and then discuss the results with you in a way that helps you to understand the results. From there, we will prescribe you the medication that your test indicates will work the best for you, and continue to monitor your symptoms and address any side effects you may experience. In addition, we offer medication-assisted treatment and medication management. Contact us today to learn more about genetic testing for psychiatric medication recommendations, and see the difference that this new and innovative option can make in your journey to mental wellness.

Don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. In the case of a medical emergency please contact 911 or visit your local emergency department.

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