Anxious, Depressed or Bipolar? Genetic Testing Can Help Clarify Your Diagnosis and Care

October 04, 2019

For years, William had been on a roller coaster ride of conventional mental health treatment to improve his anxiety and depression symptoms.

‘He was not new to seeking psychiatric help. He suffered from longstanding attention problems and insomnia that affected every aspect of his daily routine.’

His treatment regimen included a stimulant and anti-anxiety medication—but he didn’t feel well. His conventional treatment included a quick health history, no labs, medication, more medication, side effects and ultimately failed medication trials.

William is not alone—up to 40% of patients aren’t doing well on their medication regimen and seek a second opinion. If you can relate to this, your psychiatrist may recommend genetic testing targeted to your specific mental or emotional health issues, called Pharmacogenomics.

“Genetic markers…in a patient can shed light on whether particular psychiatric drugs will be effective and whether there is a higher risk of adverse events from those drugs.”

Dr. Bruce A Kehr, a psychiatrist at Potomac Psychiatry, recommends a genetic test to initiate a precise, individual treatment plan for every new patient.

Learn how DNA testing can improve mental wellness. Read on…

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Posted by Bruce Alan Kehr, M.D., Founder and President of Potomac Psychiatry

Bruce Alan Kehr, M.D. is the Founder and President of Potomac Psychiatry. He is an accomplished author whose  works have been read by over 600,000 people in 191 countries. He has been named a Washingtonian Magazine “Top Doctor” for each of the past 8 years. Dr. Kehr serves on the Board of the Institute on Aging of the University of Pennsylvania, serving as its Chairman from 2006 to 2009. He has been selected as one of the “100 Most Inspiring and Influential Leaders in the Life Sciences Industry" by the readers and editors of PharmaVOICE.

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