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Anxious, Depressed or Bipolar? Genetic Testing Can Help Clarify Your Diagnosis and Care

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For years, William had been on a roller coaster ride of conventional mental health treatment to improve his anxiety and depression symptoms.

‘He was not new to seeking psychiatric help. He suffered from longstanding attention problems and insomnia that affected every aspect of his daily routine.’

His treatment regimen included a stimulant and anti-anxiety medication—but he didn’t feel well. His conventional treatment included a quick health history, no labs, medication, more medication, side effects and ultimately failed medication trials.

William is not alone—up to 40% of patients aren’t doing well on their medication regimen and seek a second opinion. If you can relate to this, your psychiatrist may recommend genetic testing targeted to your specific mental or emotional health issues, called Pharmacogenomics.

“Genetic markers…in a patient can shed light on whether particular psychiatric drugs will be effective and whether there is a higher risk of adverse events from those drugs.”

Dr. Bruce A Kehr, a psychiatrist at Potomac Psychiatry, recommends a genetic test to initiate a precise, individual treatment plan for every new patient.

Learn how DNA testing can improve mental wellness.

See the full story on Dr. Kehr’s blog.

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