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Just posting here about a new technique that you all may not know about.

There is a possibility by taking a cheek swab and testing (DNA) they can determine what antidepressants work best for a particular patient. Less trial & error.

Of course, my d has refused any meds but just in case she changes her mind, I'm happy there will be this option
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I have had this done as has my daughter.  I cannot stress enough how well it worked for both of us.  Before having this done, I had been on numerous medications and even done ECT with not very good results.  I was lucky to get 6 months to a year out of a medication and was on 4 different meds when I had it done.  It showed one drug that I had not tried before. I went on the med it showed and it worked amazingly well.  That was well over a year ago and still going strong on that medication.  It is painless and I had the results in three days.  Really helps make it more science than art.
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This whole area is very interesting. Personalised medicine seems to be becoming more common, not just in the field.

This publication may be of use for some people. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Timothy_Ramsey2/publication/305819988_Use_of_Pharmacogenetic_Testing_in_Routine_Clinical_Practice_Improves_Outcomes_for_Psychiatry_Patients/links/57a731fe08aee07544c07530.pdf

This article is only a few years old - NPS is an Australian publication which is independent with no pharmaceutical or other business sponsorship - http://www.nps.org.au/publications/health-professional/health-news-evidence/2013/pharmacogenetics-in-psychiatry

 
 The next thing will be to work out which people respond to which therapies, it may make for a faster more efficient recovery for all.

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the advances can't come fast enough! I heard (and believe) that mental health care is 100 years behind physical health care. One hundred years.
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