Genetic testing helps physicians better treat many mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
Less than 40% of people with depression respond to the first medication that their physician prescribes (STAR*D study). Many people suffer from side effects from their medication.
We each metabolize medications differently. Medications are broken down in our bodies by special proteins called enzymes. Our cells’ instructions to make these enzymes are found in our own unique genetic code.
Using a simple cheek swab, physicians can run a genetic test to learn more about a person’s unique genetics for medication metabolism. Using this information, physicians can better predict which medications may work best, and we can better avoid side effects.
Hear about Sami’s genetic testing story:
Read about Nick’s genetic testing story:
I’m a 43-year-old Army veteran. From 2013 to 2020, I was on seven different medications at 15 different doses. It was a lot of going back and forth, playing a game of chance …
…I’ve recommended the GeneSight test to others. I have another friend who is also a veteran and recommended it to him. I’ve told him: “You have seen my experience; you can see there are options out there. There are things you can do to help yourself.”
New VA study finds access to the GeneSight® test impacted treatment decisions and improved depression remission rates
The PRIME Care study, which is the largest pharmacogenetic randomized control trial ever done, shows that access to genetic testing improves outcomes for veterans with Major Depressive Disorder.
Read more about the VA PRIME Care study in JAMA: