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Why Genetic Testing for Mental Health Meds is Important
Has anyone had the blood test/saliva test to determine what medications would be of value for you?
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Hi @summertime4, you'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion called "Why Genetic Testing for Mental Health Meds is Important." I did this so you can meet others who are talking about gene testing and how it can help determine the medications that may and likely won't help you.
In addition to the information that @ainsleigh @rachel123 and @mpm1 shared, I'd also like to bring @wsh66 and @johnbishop into this discussion. Steve has used GeneSight I believe and John used Mayo's GeneGuide and I hope they'll share their experiences.
Summertime, has your doctor recommended that you get gene testing done or was this something you are exploring to gather info?
Hi @summertime4 — I had the Mayo Clinic GeneGuide and thought it was excellent. What I liked about it was the online tools and the educational aspect of learning more about my genetics. They do a great job of taking you through each section and you get a really detailed report when it's done.
Here's the information on what's included – https://www.mayoclinic.org/mayoclinic-geneguide#included
My test didn't show much as far as medications – most showed that I would metabolized normally. I did find out I am an increased risk for Age Related Macular Degeneration (Genes CFH 1, ARMS2 1).
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