Genetic Testing for Better Depression Treatment

From Treating the Illness to Treating the Individual

Depression affects a significant part of our population. Whether someone is experiencing clinical depression or major depressive disorder (MDD), it’s a serious mental health condition that should be addressed with professional treatment.

Major depressive disorder can manifest itself in a variety of ways with everyone experiencing symptoms of depression differently. Before depression is diagnosed, an individual must be experiencing symptoms of depression on a daily basis for at least two weeks.¹

Antidepressants can help alleviate symptoms, but some people need to try various medications and/or dosage amounts before they find a regimen that works for them. Anyone experiencing depression doesn’t want to endure a lengthy trial-and-error process to find the right treatment. That’s where genetic testing can come in.

Find the Right Depression Treatment Faster

Genetic testing can provide a personalized approach for clinicians to treat patients’ depression. It can help them prescribe an even more individualized treatment plan, taking into account a patient’s own genetic makeup, in addition to the medical history, environmental and lifestyle factors that clinicians already consider when treating patients.

Since every patient is unique, personalized medicine, including genetics, can help provide a treatment plan for depression that is a better match.

The Genecept Assay

The Genecept Assay® is a genetic cheek swab test that looks at key genes in your DNA that can affect how you may respond to medication for depression. It identifies patient-specific genetic markers that can indicate for your clinician which treatments are likely to work as intended, have no effect, or cause adverse effects.

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