Genetic Testing

genetic testing and medication

Trial and error in finding the right medication can leave you frustrated. Sometimes after trying several medications, you feel no better than when you started. You may even drop out of treatment altogether, making your depression and anxiety even worse.

It is often difficult to predict who will respond in a positive way to psychiatric medications and who will not respond at all. But there is good news! Genetic testing provides a process which helps physicians better gauge the probability of response to treatment and remission of your symptoms.

It’s an opportunity to personalize your medicine to make it a better fit for you – and your genetic makeup.

How Genetic Testing Works

Psychiatric genetic testing is a specialized technique in the field of pharmacogenomics. This science combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (genes and their functions).

Pharmacogenetics combines pharmacology and genetics in order to assist the physician in prescribing effective medications and dosages that are personalized to patient’s genetic makeup. Often drugs are prescribed as one size fits all; however, some medications don’t work as well or in the same way for everyone.

To participate in psychiatric genetic testing with us, there are three steps:

Step One:

At your first appointment with our psychiatrist, you may choose to have a cheek swab at our office that we will send to the laboratory for analysis. The lab will analyze how your DNA responds to specific medications. The safety and effectiveness of medications may be improved when doses are tailored to a person’s genetic makeup.

Step Two:

Once the results come back to our office, you’ll come in for a private meeting with Dr. Davis to discuss the results, which include psychiatric medications which may work efficiently with your DNA.

Step Three:

Dr. Davis will use the results to personalize the medication options that may work best with your DNA. Together, you’ll discuss the options and select the one(s) most likely to increase the probability of a positive response.

All of this happens within our office under the direction of Dr. Davis, a board-certified psychiatrist, skilled in the clinical use of pharmacogenomics and with many years’ experience in helping patients find the proper medications to improve their emotional health.