Genetic Testing Specialist

North Shore TMS

TMS Specialist & Integrative Psychiatry located in Huntington, NY

If you’re suffering from depression or another mental health condition, you may have tried multiple medications without success. Genetic testing can help identify which medications work best for your body, so you can find relief from debilitating symptoms and avoid uncomfortable side effects. Andrea Carlsen, MD, and the team at North Shore TMS use advanced genetic testing to treat depression, anxiety, and many other mental health conditions. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Huntington, New York, today, or book online.

Genetic Testing Q & A

What is genetic testing?

Your genes are a unique expression of genetic factors inherited from each of your parents. Genetic testing is a laboratory test that can identify genes, chromosomes, and proteins that contribute to your genetic makeup.

These factors can provide health information, such as the likelihood that you will develop a genetic disorder. They also tell you how well your body performs certain functions, like absorbing nutrients or responding to medications.

How does a psychiatrist use genetic test results?

In the case of psychiatric medication, what works for one person may not work for another. Genetics play a role in how your body metabolizes certain drugs; if your body can’t break down the medication, it may not relieve your symptoms and may cause unpleasant side effects.

Genetic testing offers information about how your body responds to a variety of psychiatric medications.

Dr. Carlsen at North Shore TMS has expertise in interpreting the results of genetic testing, which allows her to identify which medications are most likely to improve your mental health condition with the least amount of side effects. Your results also help Dr. Carlsen determine the most effective dosage of each medication.

Genetic testing also indicates how well your body absorbs specific vitamins and nutrients. Dr. Carlsen has extensive training in functional medicine and integrative psychiatry, so she can recommend nutritional supplements that can benefit both your mental and physical health.

Should I have genetic testing?

Typically, a doctor determines the best medication and proper dosage for your needs through a process of trial and error.

Genetic testing can benefit most patients because it shortens this process. It also offers help to those who have tried several medications without success in the past.

Genetic testing can improve the treatment for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Genetic testing makes it easier for you and Dr. Carlsen to find a treatment that restores your mental health and emotional well-being. However, you may still need to try more than one medication or adjust your dosage to discover what works best for you.

To learn more about genetic testing, schedule a consultation with Dr. Carlsen. Call North Shore TMS today, or make an appointment online.