Genetic Testing For Psychiatric Medications In Philadelphia, PA

For many people with mental health disorders, getting the right diagnosis and treatment can take months or years. Reasons include limited access to care or switching providers. People may spend too much time taking the wrong medications for their needs.

In addition, over half of all people with mental health symptoms never seek treatment at all. WAVE Treatment Centers offers genetic testing for psychiatric medications. Subsequently, we can find out what medications are the most likely to be effective to treat each patient’s mental health condition. This evidence-based testing can drastically improve treatment outcomes. Call Wave Treatment Centers today to schedule a personalized pharmaco-genetic testing.


What is Genetic Testing for Psychiatric Medications?

Genetic testing (pharmacogenetics) identifies from a cheek swab which medications a person is best able to absorb. It also measures the likelihood of side effects from each medication. Psychiatric medications treat mental disorders and aim to reduce symptoms to help patients improve their mental health. Yet many find the initial medications they try don’t work. This can be due to the way the liver is over metabolizing or under metabolizing the medication.

They either don’t relieve their symptoms or they cause unwanted side effects. As a result, patients try multiple medications and dosages before they find one that works. Trying several meds can delay the healing process.

It can cause the person to experience unnecessary side effects. Knowing how the body will metabolize these medications (from this genetic testing) can aid the prescribing clinician in medication and dose selection. Last but not least, it can improve the chances of success by reducing the risk of unwanted side effects.

Common classes (types) of medications applied to unique genetic profiles include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-anxiety 
  • Anti-psychotics
  • Stimulants
  • Mood stabilizers

Genetic testing for psychiatric medications begins with getting a proper mental health diagnosis. Our skilled psychiatrists make sure they understand each patient’s condition. Based on the types and cluster of symptoms someone is experiencing, the most appropriate class of medication will be selected.

For instance, an antidepressant might work well for a person with depressive symptoms caused by certain mood disorders, while a mood stabilizer may be better for other types. Genetic testing helps our team find the medications within each class of drugs that should work best for each patient. These findings are based on the patient’s specific genetic profile. Many patients don’t find selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, effective at treating symptoms. Yet, this class of drugs is often the first choice to treat depression and anxiety disorders.

Our testing helps eliminate wasting time. People often take different SSRIs for months or even years while never getting relief from their symptoms. This could be due to genetic variations in the way the body processes these medications and pharmaco-genetic testing can identify this. Having these results can optimize the medication selection process, making it more efficient and improving outcomes. 

Genomind Testing at WAVE Treatment Centers in Philadelphia, PA

According to a study on the National Institute on Mental Health, of 2020, nearly one in five adults in the US had at least one mental disorder. As a result, much time is spent looking for the right treatment. For that matter, a lot of that time is wasted or causes unnecessary suffering. Because of this, we offer Genomind testing (pharmaco-genetic testing) to our patients.

This testing comes as a result of years of research and hundreds of studies done. Because of it, this genetic testing for psychiatric medications helps identify 24 key genes related to mental health treatment. Genomind states that it can “reveal how an individual’s genetics may influence and metabolize certain medications or determine the potential impact medications can have on the body.”

With one simple test, WAVE can accomplish what otherwise might take months. We determine what meds have the greatest probability of maximum symptom relief. Testing can determine the right dosage for a patient.

Genomind tests medication treatments for mental health conditions such as: 

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance use disorder (SUD)

In addition, this testing can help find solutions for treatment-resistant depression (TRD). By knowing which medications workand which ones don’twe can better treat those with TRD and other challenging disorders.

How Does Genetic Testing for Psychiatric Medications Work?

When a patient begins mental health treatment at WAVE, they will have many assessments to determine a proper diagnosis. Even someone with an existing diagnosis will be tested. This is because people may have initially received an incorrect or incomplete diagnosis. For that matter, their mental health may have changed since their last assessment.

We help our patients identify all of their symptoms. As a result, we can provide an accurate, up-to-date diagnosis. After diagnosis, we complete genetic testing for psychiatric medications. This involves a simple and fast process. Overall, a patient just needs a quick oral swab done in the office.

Then, we get the results in three to five days. After that, we decide on the right medication to try. From there, our medical staff monitors the patient for any side effects.

Additionally, we note any progress made with their mental health symptoms. We help our patients create a flexible treatment plan. This means it can be adjusted as needed throughout treatment.

Benefits of Genetic Testing for Psychiatric Medications

For the best mental health treatment, people need both medication and support from professionals to be successful. By using genetic testing, our mental health specialists provide our patients with personalized care.

Benefits of genetic testing include:

  • A quick answer to which med within each class of medications is most likely to work
  • Fewer trials with meds that may not be effective
  • Reduces side effects from medications that are ineffective
  • Improves treatment outcomes with the most effective medications for each person
  • Helps with dosage adjustment to ensure the right therapeutic levels
  • Lowers costs of treatment by finding what works right away

Genetic Testing for Psychiatric Medications in Philadelphia, PA

If there are any mental health disorders and side effects present from medications, it is time to give genetic testing a try. This evidence-based approach to mental health treatment helps relieve mental illness symptoms. Because of this, it improves the lives of people with mental health disorders. WAVE Treatment Centers near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania uses genetic testing for psychiatric medications. As a result, clients spend less time trying different meds and start healing.

Contact us today to learn more about genetic testing and other mental health treatment options.

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