About 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression or anxiety. Although many reasons behind these crippling mood disorders are not completely understood, several biochemical factors (such as serotonin) are scientifically proven to affect mental health and perceptions of panic or anxiety.
Depression and anxiety medications are designed to alter our response to the mood-associated neurotransmitter serotonin, while diet has also been reported to play a role in stabilising these factors. However, these are just a few of the many treatment options doctors may be able to suggest if provided with specific genetic information for a patient.
Mood disorders are sometimes inherited in families. Because each individual’s genetic background plays a major role in determining the best approach to managing mental health, genetic testing can help in assessing the most effective method of treatment. Several genetic markers have been identified that are known to be associated with depression and anxiety.
Potential Benefits of Testing with the Behavioral Health Panel
- Determining medications that are best suited to the patient’s genetic profile
- Identifying nutritional deficiencies that may be contributing to mood disorders
- Revealing genetic factors that may contribute to an individual’s susceptibility to depression and anxiety
Test Categories Included in the Behavioral Health Panel
|TEST CATEGORIES||EFFECT ON DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY|
|COMT||Central to dopamine metabolism; Heavily associated with propensity to worry|
|MTHFR||Key to maintaining levels of activated folate which may aid in preventing depression|
|Vitamin B12||Tests for a gene central to optimal B12 levels; B12 deficiency is a depression risk factor|
|Vitamin D||Vitamin D helps mood regulation within the hippocampus, amygdala and thalamus regions of the brain|
|Cytochrome P450||CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 are key to metabolism and activation of antidepressant medications|
We will send you the test kit with 3 buccal swabs. You need to send it back to Invivo Clinical via guaranteed 1 pm next day delivery at your own cost. The results come back to us and we will post them into your patient portal.
If you like to discuss the results we can do this in a separate consultation with Dr Frey.