Genetic Testing

Psychiatry & Behavioral Health located in Royal Palm, FL
Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing services offered in Royal Palm, FL

Finding the right medication to minimize the symptoms of mental health disorders can be challenging. At MRSC Solutions in the state of Florida, psychiatric specialist and nurse practitioner Rachel Christian, ARNP, PMHNP, understands that medications that work for some people may not be effective for others. Genetic testing helps psychiatrists select the appropriate medications for patients based on their genetic makeup. Call MRSC Solutions today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Genetic Testing Q & A

What is genetic testing?

Genetic testing examines an individual’s deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) to determine the appropriate medication and dosage for their specific needs. The goal is to eliminate unwanted side effects of certain medications and ensure their efficacy. 

By using genetic testing, the psychiatry team at MRSC Solutions can reduce the need for trial-and-error in medication selection, which can help you achieve better treatment outcomes more quickly.

How is genetic testing different from pharmacogenomics?

Genetic testing is a broad term for analyzing a person’s genetic makeup, while pharmacogenomics specifically focuses on analyzing genes related to medication response and using this information to guide medication management.

How can genetic testing improve mental health care?

The team uses genetic testing to design your individualized treatment plan. It allows psychiatrists to:

  • Identify the best medications for specific patients
  • Detect medications that carry a higher risk of side effects for patients
  • Find genetic variations associated with mental health conditions
  • Help patients achieve better medication outcomes

Genetic testing takes the guesswork out of taking medications, such as antidepressants and antipsychotics, so you can focus on improving your mental health.

How is genetic testing performed?

Genetic testing involves taking a blood or saliva sample. The team may also use hair samples if necessary. They send these samples to an outside lab to perform your genetic testing and determine your best medications and dosages.

Along with genetic testing, you can expect to undergo a complete physical and psychological evaluation. Your psychiatrist also reviews your medical history and closely examines any medications you’ve previously taken.

Who can benefit from genetic testing?

Genetic testing is ideal for individuals with mental health disorders, such as:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Genetic testing is a valuable tool that can enhance your treatment plan.

Is genetic testing safe?

Yes, genetic testing is safe. The providers at MRSC Solutions use state-of-the-art technology to collect your samples and only recommend medications clinically proven to result in positive outcomes with minimal side effects. If you do experience unwanted side effects or are simply not responding well to your medication, your psychiatrist can adjust your plan.

Call MRSC Solutions today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about genetic testing and determine if it’s right for you.