Genetic testing can provide information about your genetic makeup, which can help you get the right treatment for your health condition. The medical experts at Aloha Integrative Health in San Diego, California, offer GeneSight® and IDgenetix® tests — genetic testing that provides superior results. Make an appointment with the team today by calling or booking online anytime.

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What is genetic testing?

Genetic testing is a medical procedure that involves analyzing an individual’s DNA to identify specific changes or variations in their genetic code. It provides valuable information about your genetic makeup and offers information about genetic mutations, alterations, or predispositions to certain diseases or conditions. Genetic testing plays a crucial role in diagnosing, preventing, and managing various health conditions, including certain mental health issues.

Genetic testing can be obtained from blood, saliva, or other tissue samples. Your DNA is then sequenced or screened for specific genetic variations or markers. Many different types of genetic tests can be performed.

Aloha Integrative Health offers GeneSight® and IDgenetix® genetic testing. The GeneSight Psychotropic test observes your DNA to see how it responds to or metabolizes certain medications. The IDgenetix test improves your chances of getting a response or remission in depression or anxiety.

These tests analyze clinically important genetic variations that may affect how you respond to certain medications. The test results can also help your provider understand which medications may work best for your unique needs.

What mental health issues can genetic testing identify? 

Some of the mental health issues that genetic testing can help identify or provide insights into include:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Autism spectrum disorders

During your consultation, your provider explains the various mental health disorders and how genetic testing can help.

What are the benefits of genetic testing?

The benefits of genetic testing in mental health are multifold. It can provide a more accurate diagnosis, enabling your provider to tailor treatment plans and interventions to your specific genetic profile. This personalized approach can potentially optimize treatment outcomes and improve your care.

Genetic testing can also help identify your increased risk for certain mental health disorders, allowing for early intervention and proactive measures to prevent or mitigate the development of these conditions.

Genetic testing can also guide medication selection and dosing and provide insights into your likely response to different medications. This information can help your provider make informed decisions about medication choices and dosages, leading to more effective treatment outcomes and minimizing the risk of adverse reactions.

Call Aloha Integrative Health today or book a consultation online to learn more about genetic testing.