Genetic Testing for Mental Health Medications

lab technician doing Genetic TestingIf you have ever tried a medication that did not work or caused an adverse reaction, it may be due to genetic incompatibility. Every single one of us has a unique set of DNA that, among many other things, determines how our bodies will react to medications. Technology has advanced to the point where genetic screenings can improve success rates in medications, by matching individuals with drugs that they are most compatible with.

Drug-gene testing, also known as pharmacogenomics or pharmacogenetics, is the study of how an individual’s genes affect their body’s response to drugs. By conducting genetic testing for medications, we can take much of the guesswork out of finding the right prescription for our patients. It is smart prescribing for mental health medications.

Based on findings from the STAR*D trial with depression patients, two-thirds of patients will not achieve complete relief from the first medication they try. Psychiatric medications are known to be difficult to match with patients. It can take a significant amount of trial and error to find a good match that produces effective results for the patient. Genetic testing capabilities allow us a better chance at success in matching patients with the right medication the first time.

Genomind Testing at Harmony Bay Wellness

Harmony Bay Wellness has partnered with the industry leader in mental health medication gene testing, Genomind. Genomind has a strong reputation in the industry with proven results. Genetic medication testing is a simple three-step process with results produced quickly.

  1. The patient is tested on-site at Harmony Bay Wellness, or the patient can self-test at home. The test consists of a simple cheek swab to collect DNA.
  2. The test is shipped to the Genomind lab for processing. If the test is completed at our facility, Harmony Bay will take care of shipping. If the test is completed at home, the patient will ship the test sample directly to Genomind. No shipping charges will apply.
  3. Harmony Bay receives the test results, interprets, and reviews with the patient. The average turnaround time for results is 24 to 72 hours from the time the Genomind lab receives the completed test kit.

Genomind’s New York lab prides itself on quality assurance. They uniquely test every sample twice to ensure the highest level of accuracy. Therefore, you can rest assured you’re getting the best results.

Does My Insurance Cover Genetic Medication Testing?

The coverage of genetic medication testing for mental health is dependent on the patient’s specific insurance policy. More and more insurance companies are covering genetic testing, though some may have specific requirements or prerequisites around coverage of the test. Genomind can assist patients in determining out-of-pocket testing costs by working directly with the patient’s insurance company. Genomind will contact the patient directly to discuss the cost before processing the sample.

If the patient’s insurance company does not cover the cost of the test, the patient can opt to pay out-of-pocket.

What Are the Next Steps to Participate in Genetic Medication Testing?

If you are looking for effective mental health medication prescribing in South Jersey for you or a loved one, Harmony Bay Wellness is here to help. Our professional staff is dedicated to helping you through the process of finding the right treatment that works for you to get you on the path to recovery. We pride ourselves in giving you the care you deserve.

Some of our mental health therapy programs include:

Call Harmony Bay Wellness today at 855.765.6399 to learn more about our programs and get the help you need to live a better life.