If you or a loved one is struggling with mental illness, here are action steps you can take:
1. Go to Genomind.com. Genomind is a personalized medicine company that works with clinicians to provide the testing. You can request a list of clinicians in your geographic area that perform the genetic testing through Genomind here: https://genomind.com/the-genecept-assay/patients/request-preferred-provider/
You can also call Genomind at 877-895-8658 with any questions you may have regarding finding a provider or anything else about the process.
2. If you already have a psychiatrist, ask if they use genetic testing in their practice. If not, you can refer them to Genomind (https://genomind.com/), and they can order a test kit. Genomind's clinical team can help advise your doctor on how to interpret the results once they are returned. You can bring them the following information sheet as well to help explain: https://23jdccbe7rc2cgr3u3ouklgi-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/one-pager.pdf
3. Once the test kit is ordered, the doctor will swab your cheek and send the sample to Genomind's lab.
4. Genomind will analyze key genes in your body's DNA that can affect how it responds to medication. This can help your clinician understand if a drug may work for you before you even try it. (In my case, it was a lack of serotonin transporters and conversion of an amino acid into serotonin.)
5. Genomind will send the report to the ordering clinician, so they can use the information to prescribe medication that targets your specific variants.
THIS is how psychiatry needs to be practiced in the 21st century! The more patients demand this technology, the more available it will become, and the more we as a culture will recognize that chemical deficits in the brain are not more shameful than in other organs in the body.
Note: I am not getting paid by Genomind to post this. This company saved my life, so I obviously support what they are doing.
this is great info and I really appreciate that u uploaded this. But i still do not sure if this test has enough odds to cover different types of depression. isnt lack of serotonin transporter already well known cause of dipression? such a wide prescription.
Antidepressants are medications that can help relieve symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, and dysthymia, or mild chronic depression, as well as other conditions.
They aim to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to be responsible for changes in mood and behavior.
Depression Medications (Antidepressants)
These are the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant.
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat major depression, mood disorders, and possibly but less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, and chronic neuropathic pain.
SNRIs raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in the brain that play a key role in stabilizing mood.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are effective in treating depression, and they have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.
SSRIs block the reuptake, or absorption, of serotonin in the brain. This makes it easier for the brain cells to receive and send messages, resulting in better and more stable moods.
They are called "selective" because they mainly seem to affect serotonin, and not the other neurotransmitters.