GeneSight Psychotropic is a pharmacogenomic test which means that it analyzes how your genes may affect medication outcomes. The GeneSight test analyzes clinically important genetic variations in your DNA. Results can inform your doctor about how you may break down or respond to certain medications commonly prescribed to treat depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions.
When you go to see your healthcare provider with a health problem, you are looking for answers regarding your symptoms: what is wrong with me and how do we fix it?
To help you, the provider reviews the information you have given to them and, if necessary, gathers additional data through diagnostic testing. Using this information, a healthcare provider will recommend treatment options.
Some treatment options could include medication. Until recently, drugs have been developed in a “one size fits all” kind of approach. The field of pharmacogenomics has revolutionized how medications are prescribed and taken. Now, more and more providers are using pharmacogenomic testing for mental health treatment with medication.
The GeneSight test must be ordered by your doctor or nurse practitioner. The test is a simple cheek swab taken in our office or can be sent by our practice administrator to be taken in the convenience of your home. You must be a current patient at SMHWI to order the GeneSight test through the practice.
If you think genetic testing could be helpful for you, please contact us about getting the GeneSight Psychotropic test.