Genetic Testing

Psychiatry serving Nevada and California
Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing services offered in Nevada and California

Genetic testing can evaluate your unique genes to determine what kind of medication best helps with your mental disorder. At Raelin Bright Wellness, a telepsychiatry practice serving Las Vegas and the states of Nevada and California, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) Dominique Sanders, PhD, PMHNP, offers genetic testing in the privacy of your own home. A quick cheek swab followed by specialized testing can help guide your treatment planning. You never need to leave home to get the most customized mental health care. Book online or call the office to schedule your appointment today. 

What is genetic testing?

Genetic testing analyzes your genes to detect clinically significant genetic variations. These variations can tell Dr. Sanders how you’re likely to metabolize and respond to the different medications that commonly treat your mental disorder. 

Why would I need genetic testing?

You may need genetic testing if you have a condition that requires psychiatric medication. Some of the many conditions that might require this type of testing include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Mood disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 

Starting treatment for a mental disorder is often a frustrating process for people who need medication. Psychiatric medications affect every person differently depending on their unique genetic variations. 

In the past, patients often had to try multiple medications before finding the one that worked well for them. The process could take months, leading to frustration and, sometimes, worsening of the mental disorder. 

In addition, it can be challenging to calibrate dosing perfectly from the start. Your unique genetics could cause you to metabolize drugs quickly, which means you might need a higher dose. Or, you could metabolize drugs very slowly and need a lower dose to avoid side effects.

Thanks to genetic testing, Dr. Sanders analyzes your unique genetic makeup to determine how your body reacts to different medications, the best medication dose for your metabolism, your risk of medication side effects, and other critical factors. 

Essentially, genetic testing can eliminate the trial-and-error phase of medication management to get the medication and results you need sooner. 

How does the genetic testing process work?

Raelin Bright Wellness is an all-telepsychiatry practice that provides comprehensive mental health care without needing to leave your home. You’ll perform the genetic testing yourself at home as well: follow the directions on your testing kit to gather your genetic information through a cheek swab. 

You’ll place the cheek swab in a sealed envelope and drop it in the mail, which goes directly to a high-tech lab and creates a detailed report for Dr. Sanders to analyze. When your test results are ready, you’ll have a telepsychiatry appointment with Dr. Sanders to discuss the correct medication and plan your treatment. 

Thanks to genetic testing, you could experience symptom relief much faster. To learn more about how it can help with your mental health disorder, call Raelin Bright Wellness or use the online scheduling tool today!

Raelin Bright Wellness & Dominique Sanders Nursing Corp