Finding the Right Antidepressant, Antipsychotic Medication For You
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Finding the Right Antidepressant, Antipsychotic Medication For You
- New Self-Injury Center on HealthyPlace.com
- The Addictive Nature of Self-Injury on HealthyPlace TV
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
There are 10-12 million people in the U.S. with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Another 15 million have depression. Many visit their doctor, get a prescription for an antidepressant or antipsychotic only to find out it's not as effective as they and their doctor had hoped. So they go down the list of antidepressants or antipsychotics and try another medication...and another...and maybe another.
There's a new diagnostic tool by a company called SureGene that could put an end to that. Your psychiatrist or family doctor would swab the inside of your mouth, grabbing some DNA and overnight the sample to the company's lab. In 3-5 days, the doctor gets a report which includes a recommendation to consider a specific drug that should work best for you; be effective and has the best side-effect profile suited to your body.
Tim Ramsey, VP New Product Development at SureGene, says while the diagnostic test isn't 100-percent perfect, it predicts the likelihood that a specific medication will work best for you based on your genetics. "We're not telling the doctor what to do," says Ramsey. "This tool helps doctors do their jobs more efficiently." From studies, Ramsey says there's about a 75-percent likelihood that the recommendation will be on-target.
In addition, the report will note a dosage recommendation and any specific medications to avoid. Mr. Ramsey says the diagnostic test is for anyone who is not currently satisfied with their medication because of effectiveness or side-effect issues. "We also want to reach first-time antidepressant, antipsychotic medication users so they avoid repeatedly having to try medication after medication to find one that works for them. This greatly reduces the guesswork on the part of the doctor."
The cost of the proprietary STA2R genetic panel is 100% covered by Medicare/Medicaid. Private insurance companies also cover a portion or all costs, depending on the patient's coverage limits. SureGene is just getting the word out to doctors, so if you speak to your doctor and he/she isn't aware of it yet, refer them to this website: www.suregenetest.com
We've gone to town on our new Self-Injury Information Center. You'll find almost 40 new articles and a dozen videos on different aspects of self-injury, self-harm. Whether you are a self-injurer wanting to know how to stop self-harm or a parent or friend on the receiving end of a self-injury disclosure, we have in-depth, trusted information that can be helpful to you.
In conjunction with our new Self-Injury Center, we're proud to announce that Christie Stewart, aka sullengirl, is our new self-injury blogger. Christie is well-known on Youtube. Tens of thousands of people have viewed her videos on self-injury. She'll be doing weekly videos for her "Speaking Out About Self-Injury" blog and one written post a month. You can read more about Christie and drop her a welcome comment here.
Related Self-Injury Articles
- Why I Self-Harm: Why People Self-Injure
- Self-Injury Treatment: What are the Treatments for Self-Harm?
- Self-Injury Help: Self-Mutilation Help and Support
- Self-Harm and Suicide: Can Self-Injury Lead to Suicide?
- I Cut Myself: The Shame and Secrecy of Self-Harm
- How Do You Tell Someone You Self-Injure?
- Self Injury Stories, Self Harm Stories
- All Self-Injury Articles
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- About Christie Stewart, Author of the "Speaking Out About Self-Injury" Blog (Speaking Out About Self-Injury Blog)
- PTSD and Dissociation: What You Need to Know (includes video) (Trauma! A PTSD Blog)
- Ease Anxiety In Nature (Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog)
- Surviving Psychiatrists Waiting Rooms (Breaking Bipolar Blog)
- Good Days and Bad Days – Riding My Bipolar Waves (The Bipolar Griot Blog)
- Self-Esteem in Girls: The Media’s Role (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- Depression: Mental Illness or Mental Awareness? (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- Mental Illness and Learning to Trust the Process of Recovery (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- Back to School is Up to You (Living with Adult ADHD Blog)
- Mental Illness Stigma: Why I Speak For Ben For Now (Mental Illness in the Family Blog)
- Understanding the World of Schizophrenia (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
- Back To School Can Be Stressful (Coping with Depression Blog)
- After Leaving Abuse: Memories of The Fantasy Relationship (Verbal Abuse and Relationships Blog)
- Rediscovering Life After Anorexia (Surviving ED Blog)
- Co-Morbidity: Borderline Personality Disorder and Depression (includes video) (More Than Borderline Blog)
- Mentally Ill Voters Will Determine Election Say Pundits (Funny in the Head: A Mental Health Humor Blog)
- Debunking Myths About 12-Step Programs (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- Trauma Disorders and Cortisol (Part 4): Managing Cortisol (Dissociative Living Blog)
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Is self-injury similar to an addiction in that once you start, it's difficult to stop? In an earlier interview with our new self-injury blogger, Christie Stewart, we discussed the long-term nature of her self-injury behaviors. Why after 12 years of self-injury was she not able to completely stop; even though she wanted to? Watch, Why For Many: Once a Self-Injurer, Always a Self-Injurer.
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Staff, H. (2012, September 5). Finding the Right Antidepressant, Antipsychotic Medication For You, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, June 27 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/finding-the-right-antidepressant-antipsychotic-medication-for-you