Genetic testing is one relatively new tool that mental health providers have been utlizing to assist with treatment guidance in certain clinical circumstances, such as medication treatment resistance. Through the use of a simple and painless saliva swab, a TelePsychiatry Associates clinician can determine your constellation of genes (or genotype) that may help to assess your probablility of responding to a certain type of medication or your risk of intolerance to a medication. Though this testing is not necessarily for every patient or helpful in every situation, it may provide insight into pharmacological issues with which you may be struggling and give your provider a better understanding of your clinical situation.
If you are interested in learning more, don't hestitate to ask your clinician about the risks and benefits, as well as the costs, of such testing. You may read more about genetic testing at these links:
TelePsychiatry Associates, LLC practitioners are skilled in the practice of treating a wide variety of different conditions in a compassionate manner including: depression, bipolar affective disorder, substance dependency, opiate dependency including Suboxone treatment, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma related to sexual or physical abuse, and weight loss management, among others.
The types of treatments provided will depend upon your practitioner and the problems needing attention. The first one to two sessions will involve critical listening in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the issues at hand. Treatments that follow could include the discriminating use of medication, empathic psychotherapy, or some combination of both. If appropriate, additional therapeutic treatments may be employed including other psychotherapists, group therapies, structured activities, assigned readings, etc.