The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 70% of American adults ages 40 to 79 have used at least one prescription medication in the last 30 days.1 That number may not be too surprising. But this one might be: More than 22% of U.S. adults have used five or more prescription medications […]
If you’re taking more than one prescription medication, you’re not alone — and if you’re older, your medicine cabinet could be at capacity. More than 40 percent of older adults take five or more prescription medications, and nearly 20 percent take 10 or more.1 The more prescription medications you take, the more likely you could […]
Think of your emotions like you would the weather: Somedays, it’s all sunshine and positivity, while others, it’s dark and gloomy. There’s a lot of in-between too. Those positive emotions can feel great, and they’re great for your health too. For example, positive emotions, especially hopefulness, have been linked to lower levels of coronary heart […]
For decades, clinicians have been prescribing patients antipsychotic medications. Unfortunately, use of these medications has long been associated with myths, stigmas, and stereotypes. As the name implies, conventionally, people believe that anyone taking antipsychotics must have psychosis (which refers to a loss of contact with reality; typically involving delusions and/or hallucinations)1 or schizophrenia. Also among […]
Pharmacogenetic testing uses a simple, pain-free genetic cheek swab test. Learn more about happens after a clinician collects a sample.
Most people take their prescription medications without too much thought. You assume the medications are going to work and that your care team has prescribed you the right ones to help solve your medical needs. But for many people who take one or more prescription medications at a time, taking them could mean danger is […]
Here’s a staggering fact: Mental illness affects tens of millions of Americans annually, and we’ve seen the number of mental health concerns grow over the past several years. As an example, one study found 8.5% of participants were experiencing symptoms of depression back in 2017-2018. But a couple of years later, thanks in large part […]
If you have older family or friends who need a helping hand, you may be the one who comes to their rescue. Turns out, there are lots of kindhearted people just like you: Some 53 million Americans provide informal or unpaid care for loved ones who have disabilities.1 And the number of caregivers is expected […]
The pandemic years have caused Americans to rethink their work-life balance in a big way. More than 4.2 million workers quit their jobs in January 2022,1 and the “Great Resignation” still seems to be charging ahead. One study found that more than a quarter of those responding to the study quit without lining up a […]
While medication isn’t the only treatment for depression, pharmacogenetic testing can help guide clinicians on the appropriate prescription for your child.
Learn how to recognize issues of focus and attention in youth and adolescents and find out how parents can help improve concentration in children.
Anxiety, panic disorder & PTSD are common comorbid psychiatric disorders of major depressive disorder. Co-occurring conditions affect depression treatment.
Taking medication for your mental health can be overwhelming. Here are the questions you can ask to become more knowledgeable about treatment options.
Learn how BDNF can impact stress response & how genetic testing for mental health behavioral traits can help you take action to manage reactions to stress.
Genetic variants in DNA can affect both behavioral & physical traits. Discover why DNA and mental health research is so far behind physical genetic science
Elite athletes seek support and protection for their mental health. Burnout, stressful press conferences, and high-pressure competitions can take a toll.
SLC6A4 gene mutation is implicated in acute stress reactivity and response to antidepressants. Learn more about the role of genetic testing for medication.
MTHFR gene variants affect vitamin B9 metabolism, reduce methylfolate and are associated with low mood. Understanding MTHFR can help mental health.
Depression and anxiety, two of the most common mental illnesses, often occur together. Learn about the differences and similarities in these conditions.
A dual diagnosis of OCD and an anxiety disorder in youth can feel overwhelming. PGx testing can help your child’s healthcare provider prescribe medications
Find out how anxiety affects men differently and how genetic testing for anxiety medication may help personalize treatment.
Learn how genetics can affect your response and tolerability to drugs and how pharmacogenetic testing can provide valuable insights for your prescription.
Learn about common stigmas of mental health for men and how being aware of genetic predispositions may play an important part in getting the help men need.
The psychological impact of COVID-19 can include increased stress and anxiety. Discover some tips for life after lockdown that can help you move forward.
Mental health often takes a back seat for mothers-to-be. Learn about peripartum mental health and things you can do to feel better.
Genetic testing for antidepressants can help providers find types of antidepressants that may be more likely to provide effective treatment for depression.
Learn what to know about bipolar disorder treatments and how genetic testing for medications can help guide these options.
Not all treatments for depression work on everyone. Learn about treatment-resistant depression causes, criteria and treatment options.
Psychiatrists and psychologists provide specialized treatment for mental health conditions. Learn the differences and similarities between these and other clinicians.
Find out how your genotype and family history can play a part in addiction, and how genetic testing can help with treatment.