Genetic Testing

Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill

Psychiatry & Psychotherapy located in Chapel Hill, NC

Working with a psychiatrist to determine which type of medication is best for your condition can take considerable trial and error. With genetic testing at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, you can save yourself time and feel better faster with the right prescription. Genetic testing is a simple, quick procedure that can determine the best psychiatric medication for your needs. Set up a test today by calling the office or booking online.

Genetic Testing Q & A

What is Genetic Testing for Psychiatric Medications?

Genetic testing is performed to analyze which psychiatric medications might work best for you based on your body’s unique chemistry and metabolism. Before genetic testing, finding the right medication for your condition required trial and error and could take a long time to find the best solution.

Now that genetic testing is available, Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill offers the service to patients that require medications for management of anxiety, depression, panic disorder, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric conditions.

What are the Benefits of Genetic Testing?

With genetic testing, the amount of time required to determine the best type of medication for your needs is drastically reduced compared to the traditional trial-and-error method. This means that you can start feeling better sooner.

Genetic testing can also help to decrease the side effects of psychiatric medications because it determines which medications work best for your brain and body. Common side effects like nausea, fatigue, and malaise can be reduced or eliminated entirely with the help of genetic testing.

Genetic testing gives the team insight into how you metabolize medication, which can determine the best dosage for your needs. Every person metabolizes medication differently and in some cases, it can take up to two weeks or longer for your body to respond to psychiatric medications. With genetic testing, the team can identify how you metabolize medications in order to find the most effective dosage for your needs so you feel better as quickly as possible.

How Does Genetic Testing Work?

Genetic testing is a simple procedure that can be performed in the office or at home. Your doctor provides you with a clean cotton swab that you slide against the inside of your cheek inside your mouth. The swab collects a small sample of cells from inside your cheek, which are then tested to determine your genetic sequence.

Your genetic sequence is then examined by the testing software to determine which medications may cause side effects, how you metabolize medications, and which types of medications are best for your needs. The team then analyzes the software-developed report to identify the best course of treatment for you, including dosages and specific types of medications.

Set up an appointment at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill for genetic testing today and get the right prescription faster. Call the office or book your visit online now.