What is genetic testing and personalized medicine?
Scientists have discovered specific genetic variations that modify the body’s response to certain drugs and therapies. By identifying these variations, clinicians can avoid trial and error, and design a treatment plan optimized for a patient. This is what is known as “personalized medicine.” Applying this technology to mental health provides a more rational and personalized approach to treatment for patients.
What is the process?
The test is a simple to use, saliva-based tool for understanding genetic markers. First, patients will be asked to provide 1 ml of saliva – about a small spoonful – in a plastic test tube. Then, we send the sample in a postage-paid shipping packet to a certified lab that analyzes the sample in 3-5 business days. Then, the lab sends your genetic test results in a report directly to your psychiatrist.
Our psychiatrists offer inexpensive genetic testing to guide medication management. Genetic testing can help reduce the time, expense and struggle of finding the right treatment by trial and error.
What illnesses does testing diagnose?
The test does not diagnose any illnesses. The genetic test can help to inform your psychiatrist's treatment decisions for patients diagnosed with psychiatric conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, OCD or ADHD.
Does insurance cover testing?
Yes, the test is reimbursed by many insurance providers and can also be covered through a self-pay option.
Can I view my test results?
Your psychiatrist will provide a copy of your test results for you.
Does this test make treatment recommendations?
The genetic testing does not make treatment recommendations. Your psychiatrist will make a recommendation based on the results of your test, combined with his expertise of your condition.