I have been treated on and off for depression since I was sixteen. I have been through multiple trials of anti-depression medications. The last medication I tried made my condition worse.
After my last medication failure I sought out a new psychiatrist who recommended I try the GeneSight test. I didn’t know what to expect, but getting the test was actually very easy. The nurse swabbed my cheek, and within two weeks I had the report. In the report there was only one medication in the green category and it was one I had never tried. However both of the medications I had recently tried and experienced side effect from were in the red category of the test results. It was telling to see all of the medications in the red category that I had tried and which had caused me to struggle.
Thanks to the GeneSight test my doctor has put me on a medication that works for me. I am motivated and my outlook on life is positive. I feel I have control and no longer fixate on things that bothered me before. I encourage anyone who has struggled or has yet to find a medication that works to take the test.
This story is one patient’s personal experience. Other patients may not have the same experience or outcome. Do not make any changes to your current medications or dosing without consulting your healthcare provider.
The GeneSight test must be ordered by and used only in consultation with a healthcare provider who can prescribe medications. As with all genetic tests, the GeneSight test results have limitations and do not constitute medical advice. The test results are designed to be just one part of a larger, complete patient assessment, which would include proper diagnosis and consideration of your medical history, other medications you may be taking, your family history, and other factors.
If you are a healthcare provider and interested in learning more about the GeneSight test, please call us at 855.891.9415. If you are a patient, please talk with your doctor to see if the GeneSight test may be helpful.