Genetic Testing Specialist

Summit Mental Health Clinic

Adult and Child Psychiatrist located in Austin, TX

Mental health disorders affect how you feel, think, and behave. Treatment for mental illness usually includes a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Though medication helps many people, finding the right prescription and dose takes time. To help you get the medication that best meets your mental health needs, Francisca Ifesinachukwu, MD – also known as Dr. Ada – and the team at Summit Mental Health Clinic in Austin, Texas, offers genetic testing. To learn more about genetic testing and how it can help you, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Genetic Testing Q&A

What is genetic testing?

Genetic testing is a service offered at Summit Mental Health Clinic to help you get better treatment for your mental health needs. When you suffer from a mental health condition, your treatment may include psychiatric medication and psychotherapy.

Currently, there are more than 50 psychiatric medications available that treat a range of conditions and symptoms. Traditionally, psychiatrists trial various medications and dosages to find the one that offers the most benefit to you. This process takes time and may leave you feeling frustrated.

Your genotype may play an essential role in how your body reacts to a psychiatric medication. Summit Mental Health Clinic offers genetic testing to help you get the medication that best matches your genotype, so you get results quickly and without side effects.

Am I a good candidate for genetic testing?

When you come in for psychiatric care at Summit Mental Health Clinic, your provider conducts a comprehensive evaluation to assess your mental, cognitive, emotional, and physical health. 

They also review your symptoms and the types of medications you’ve used in the past to manage your mental health. The team may consider you a good candidate for genetic testing if you’re struggling to find a medication that provides the most symptom relief with the fewest side effects.

Genetic testing benefits many mental health conditions, including depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and bipolar disorder. 

How is genetic testing done?

Your provider reviews the details of your genetic testing during your consultation. You may be asked not to eat, drink, or smoke for up to 30 minutes prior to your test.

To perform your genetic testing, your provider swabs the inside of your cheeks to collect DNA. Summit Mental Health Clinic has an in-office lab for your convenience. 

What happens after I get the results from my genetic testing?

Once your provider at Summit Mental Health Clinic has the results of your genetic testing, they work closely with you to develop your individualized medication plan. They schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor you and your symptoms to assess the effectiveness of your medication.

You don’t have to go through months of trial and error to find the right psychiatric medication to manage your mental health condition. To schedule your genetic testing, call Summit Mental Health Clinic, or book online today.