- Mental Health
NEW! Mental Health Test!
DNA Test Determines More Accurate RX
DNA Testing for Mental Health Wellness
Mental Health is our cognitive and or emotional well-being. It is all associated with what we think and feel along with our behavior. It includes the ability to enjoy daily life and activities. Mental Health Illness refers to a wide range of conditions that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. Examples include; Anxiety Disorder, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Eating Disorders, OCD, and PTSD as well as several others. Some of the signs and symptoms include:
- lack of functioning
- lack of interest
- loss of sleep
- mood swings
One or two of these symptoms alone does not mean a mental health illness exists. A persistent combination of symptoms and interfering with one's life and normal function would indicate they should talk to their doctor. Only a licensed professional can properly diagnose and treat conditions like these.
Treatment with medications of mental health illness has always been a run of trial and error until recently. Tests are proving more and more that a very simple DNA, saliva test will show physicians which medications will work well for the patient and medications that could cause an adverse reaction or side effects on the patient.
Over 57 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of mental health illness
- Major Depression Disorder (MDD)
- Bi-Polar Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- schizoaffective Disorder
In the past when a person with a mental health condition went to see their physician, the doctor would choose from a wide variety of prescribed medications made to treat the symptoms their patient had. The doctor knows which medications treat which symptoms, however, they do not know how the patients' body will respond to a specific medicine. What would end up happening much too often is the patient would have adverse reactions, side effects or severe side effects from a medication and have to go back to their doctor several times trying new medications repeatedly until they finally get the right medication or combination of medications that work for them. This can go on for several months and even years. It is both frustrating and hard for the patient and physician to have to go through.
Using a more recent type of study called "Pharmacogenetics" which is, the study of how genes affect the patient's response to drugs, it is now said that a psychiatric-DNA test will help identify what medications will work for individual patients. The DNA also provides dosing assistance to the physician. What they do in this test is to take either a saliva swab or blood sample and the DNA is analyzed to locate certain genetic versions that can affect a persons' response to over 50 FDA approved, prescription medications. The test also helps show which medications will help with some neurologic pains, epilepsy, and seizures. When the doctor receives the results of the psychiatric-DNA Test, he/she will have help prescribing more accurate medications for their patients.
Have you or someone you know suffered from depression or anxiety?
The Right RX For Mental Well Being
What Causes Mental Health Issues?
A certain cause of mental health illness is still unknown, however, every single day we are becoming more and more aware that the combination of environmental, psychological, and biological factors along with our genetics all contribute to several of these conditions. It is not a personal weakness or flaw in someone's character, and it is definitely not a choice.
Some forms of support for mental health wellness consist of :
- Talk therapy/counseling
- Peer support groups
- Support of family and friends
- Healthy lifestyle (diet and exercise)
- Faith community
- Regular schedule (including regular and sufficient sleep)
- Creative activity (journaling, art, music)
- Volunteering/giving to others
If you or someone you know has been showing signs or symptoms of a mental health condition please seek help as soon as possible. The faster it is diagnosed and treated the less suffering for the patient and all involved. Some people are ashamed or embarrassed with no reason because look around you , 1 out of every 4 people has some type of mental health issue they are trying to live with. If there are severe symptoms like thoughts of harming themselves or another, please call for immediate help. There is help available, and it is manageable. Life does get better.