Pharmacogenomic Testing for Better Mental Health Outcomes

Pharmacogenomic Testing for Better Mental Health Outcomes

Have you tried treatments and medications for mental health issues but found that you are always needing to switch methods? Or, that you don’t like the side effects and end up needing to change medications or treatments? You’re not alone. Many people find it challenging to find a medication or treatment that matches their expectations and gives them the results they want. Fortunately, there’s a better way of identifying the medications and treatments that are right for your mental healing journey than jumping from treatment to treatment. Pharmacogenomic testing allows individuals to understand more about themselves and their genetics in order to identify specific treatments that may be better for their expectations and their health.

What is Pharmacogenomics?

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how pharmacology (medications) and genetics interact with one another. It can help to provide information about an individual and how they may respond, whether positively or negatively, to any form of medication based on their genetic profile.

What is Pharmacogenomic Testing?

Pharmacogenomic testing is when medical professionals take a sample of DNA in order to determine how a person may react to certain medications. It helps to guide medical individuals in order to provide the best methods of treatment for mental health issues, which can help to reduce the risk of adverse reactions, side effects, allergic reactions, and more. Pharmacogenomic testing works by determining an individual’s specific biological patterns in order to deduce how a person’s body will interact with medications. Testing of pharmacogenomics can help to improve the quality of a person’s mental health treatment by reducing the severity or likelihood of symptoms and risks, improving the overall odds for lasting results, and giving peace of mind to people who are considering the use of pharmaceuticals for mental health treatment.

How Does Pharmacogenomic Testing Work?

Here at Synchrony Brain Health, we provide pharmacogenomic testing to provide both our clinicians and our patients with the best information available in order to offer the best chance for treatment success. But, it can be helpful to understand what goes into this process. Our Pharmacogenomic Testing process involves analyzing 24 different genes that can provide various information regarding various psychiatric treatment conditions.

The process of receiving Pharmacogenomic Testing includes:

  • taking a DNA sample by orally swabbing the mouth
  • sending DNA into a lab for testing
  • analyzing information found in the lab
  • providing patients with their results
  • discussing best-suggested treatments based on genetic testing

Pharmacogenomic Testing at Synchrony Brain Health

At Synchrony Brain Health, we are committed to providing each and every one of our patients with the best chance of treatment success. That’s why we offer a Pharmacogenomic Testing service for anyone who is interested in this service. Specifically, if patients haven’t been experiencing treatment success before they come to us. So, if you’re worried about jumping from medication to medication or want to see what types of treatments may be best according to your genetic profiling, consider our Pharmacogenomic Testing service today. Find out more about this service available at our outpatient facility on our website today.