Genetic Testing Specialist

PA Treatment Center

Addiction Medicine & Health and Wellness Center located in Center Valley, PA

Medications that work well for your family members might not provide the same benefits for you. That’s why PA Treatment Center in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, offers GeneSight® genetic testing. Justin Rohrback, CRNP, FNP-BC, RN, CST, and Stephen McCarthy, PA-C, use your genetic test results to determine which medications are best for treating depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. To find out if GeneSight genetic testing is right for you, call PA Treatment Center or book a consultation online today.

Genetic Testing Q & A

Why would I need genetic testing?

People respond differently to all types of medications. For this reason, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to treating psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.

Genetic testing analyzes important aspects of your genetic makeup, including how your genes will affect your response to different psychotropic medications and how your body breaks down and metabolizes a particular drug.

The team at PA Treatment Center uses GeneSight genetic testing as part of their diagnostic process for treating depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions. This allows them to tailor a medication therapy plan that fits your needs and provides the best results for controlling your symptoms.

GeneSight is the only psychiatric pharmacogenomic test that’s backed by extensive research and clinical studies published in peer-reviewed journals.

What can I expect during genetic testing?

The GeneSight genetic test involves a simple, painless swab of your cheek. Then the PA Treatment Center team sends the sample to the GeneSight medical lab for evaluation.

Sample results typically come back to the team within two days. They review your results and discuss which medications should be added to your treatment plan.

Because you have the genes you’re born with for your entire life, GeneSight genetic testing is an effective diagnostic tool for children and adults.

What are the benefits of genetic testing?

You might benefit from genetic testing if your current medications for depression and anxiety aren’t working well or if you’re starting a new treatment plan for these issues.

When using antianxiety or antidepressant medications, you might need to try a number of different drug types to find the one that works best for you.

By understanding in advance how your body processes medications based on your genetic makeup, you can eliminate the trial-and-error period that often occurs when starting a new treatment plan.

Since it often takes 30 days or longer before antidepressants and antianxiety medications begin showing results, eliminating any extra time can be vital to your treatment.

To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of GeneSight genetic testing for pinpointing the best medications for you, schedule a consultation online or call PA Treatment Center today.