Gene testing is a tool used by psychiatrists to indicate how your genes may affect medication outcomes. This testing may reveal which medications require dose adjustments, be less likely to work, or have an increased risk of side effects in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health conditions.
Gene testing is also referred to by the following terms:
Genetic testing can play a role in mental health wellness as there are times this test can help find a medication that will be successful. Individuals often get discouraged and stop medication altogether after trying multiple medications that either produce no relief or unwanted side effects. Genetic testing can help a provider hone in on a group of medications that have the best chance at being effective.
At Dakota Family Services, we work with Genomind (when appropriate) to facilitate a more focused and personalized approach to medication management.