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Has anyone had genetic testing for depression treatment? 

If so, how was your experience with it? How much did it cost? (Did your insurance cover?) Were you able to find better medicines using the results? 

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Hi Irene,

I have never had genetic testing for depression treatment.  Hopefully you will receive many responses from members here who have.  It will be very interesting to see what others says about it.   Best to you!

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22 hours ago, Irene Iesu said:

Has anyone had genetic testing for depression treatment? 

If so, how was your experience with it? How much did it cost? (Did your insurance cover?) Were you able to find better medicines using the results? 

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Depression can be dealt with without genetic testing. Depression starts and plays in the mind. That is advice that is free, and it works. You just have to persist and also be focused on your objectives. Everyone has something that makes them depressed, once you deal with these issues yourself then you will start walking the road of the journey to success

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Hi, sorry I just saw this post. Haven't been on the forums in a long time.

I have had genetic testing done.  It is expensive but the company does have financial assistance.  I believe it tests for all or most of the drugs used for mental health disorders.  It has been about 2 years since I did the testing. I know I can take all the depression/anxiety drugs except for wellbutrin which I can only take in a low dose.  The company my doctor used was Genesight. Its website explains it all very thoroughly.  

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12 hours ago, Jenn Hein said:

no joy, did you find a medication that works for you? Have you been feeling better as a result of the information you received from your test?

The doctor that did the genetic testing ignored the tests and ignored that it said I could not tolerate a high dose of wellbutrin  & I began having suicidual thoughts that led her to call the police to escort me to the psych hospital for evaluation.  The doctor there agreed with me that the doctor overreacted and did not look at the test results she ordered.

After that craziness, I found a doctor that only practices medication management & treatment for mental health disorders.  The first thing the new doc did was to lower the dosage of the wellbutrin, changed the prozac to zoloft (she didn't think the prozac was still working & preferred to keep a low dosage on the meds).   We're still trying to find the right medication  for anxiety but with this doctor I feel confidant that she listens to me & knows what she is doing when it comes to medicines she prescribes.

I think finding a good doctor who takes an interest in me & my mental health has helped me so much & the genetic testing helps both of us to find the right drugs without constantly switching medications. 

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The genetic testing doesn't tell you which med will make your depression better. It simply ranks all medications as to how your body can metabolize them. If you're a poor metabolizer of a drug then that is a red flag to stay off it or take only low dose and careful monitoring.

I use the info to stay away from certain meds my body will not utilize properly and/or could cause harm, like nojoy found out. I'm also a poor metabolizer of Wellbutrin but can tolerate low dose SR version.

All the SSRI and SNRI drugs showed no adverse effects on me. In practice SSR don't help me much and slow me down way too much. I do better on SNRI. The test showed a handful of other non-antidepressent meds I should not take that have big red flags. I have them marked off with my GP in case the conversation ever comes up.

The testing is not covered by insurance. It's out of pocket.

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