If you have ever been diagnosed with depression and anxiety related disorders you are probably familiar with the process of trying different medications until you find the right one. Sadly, it almost always comes down to a doctor throwing different anti-depressants or mood stabilizers at you until one or two stick. The bad part about this is that when first starting depression medication they typically come with some pretty nasty side effects. SSRI’s or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are usually the go to in terms of first line depression or anxiety treatment. There are many different SSRI’s, all of which will likely make you feel terrible at first until your body acclimates to the medicine. On top of that, depression medication typically takes anywhere from 2 weeks if you’re lucky to several months to begin showing any true value for mental health; and during this time it usually always gets worse before it gets better.
Unfortunately, as I mentioned above, patients typically end up trying multiple different depression medications until they find one that works for them. This process can sometimes take years and can cause a great deal of increased distress, depression, and anxiety for the patient throughout the “throw and lets see what will stick” method of treating depression and anxiety that has become so common place in the mental health field.
Recently I started seeing a private FNP-C Practitioner whom works in the same practice as my drug and addiction recovery counselor because of her extensive experience in treating people with mental illnesses. Of the many things she has helped me with by working in conjunction with my counselor, the most beneficial thing she has done is having me take a GENECEPT ASSAY.
The fact is, we all have different genetic makeups and because of this some medications simply don’t respond well to our bodies. It all goes back to biology and punnett squares; the genes we inheret from our parents and their past relatives. These genes greatly influence which medications will or will not work for you.
I would have saved a lot of time if I would have only taken this test before beginning any depression medications in the first place. It analyzes the most common receptors in your body and determines whether or not they have mutations that may cause a medication to interact with your body in multiple different ways. It then lays all of this out for you in a report and gives your doctor or NPR a clear picture of what you should or should not be prescribed. It also comes with a very comprehensive list of medications that indicates how they will react to your genetic make-up and also recommends specific medications that could be beneficial for you.
This service is provided by Genomind and you can further look into the service they provide on their website ( https://genomind.com ).
This is an excerpt taken from their website:
“Our genes — sections of our DNA — are the blueprints for our bodies that determine our traits, or characteristics. Differences in genes between one person and another are called genetic variation, and this is what makes us all unique. These differences may also impact our health. The Mindful DNA test looks at your genes to determine which ones may impact your current or future health conditions so you can have a plan to stay well and help prevent disease.”
Now, I am going to show you my own personal GENECEPT ASSAY so that you have an idea of what you are getting.
PG 2 – Below you can see that I have a mutation that causes most SSRI’s to be ineffective for me. That would have been great information to know a year and a half ago because that’s all I’ve ever been prescribed up until this point along with an Atypical Monocylic Anti-Depressant (Bupropion). In the fourth block you can also see that I have a double mutation on a very important gene; my body basically doesn’t produce MTHFR which is an enzyme responsible for the conversion of folic acid to methylfolate which is a cofactor needed for serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine synthesis.
PG 4 – Here it gives you a break down of all the different commonly prescribed medications and which ones may or may not be a good fit for you.
So, after all of that, whether you are thinking about trying to talk to a doctor about depression or are currently taking depression or anxiety medication, I would seriously consider having your healthcare provider order this test for you. For me, thus far in treating my depression and anxiety I feel like it has been the most beneficial thing I have ever done as of yet because it actually gives me a guideline to go by.
My medication has now been altered, I no longer take an SSRI but instead an SNRI that my body accepts well and I have also started taking L-Methylfolate once daily. I am only several weeks along since altering my medication and as many of us know it takes time for these medications to take effect, but now I feel like I actually have a chance at regaining something that I’ve been missing for so long. For me, that is a major game changer.
I truly hope this helps anyone else that is in the same boat as myself. Until next time, my love and best wishes to you all.