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How Genetic Testing Can Improve Mental Health Treatment

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Genetic testing is being used to prescribe the most effective medicines based on an individual's genetic makeup.

Genetic testing is being used more frequently to help physicians prescribe medications that will prove most effective based on an individual patient's genetic makeup. 

A local company, Assurex Health, has developed its GeneSight Psychotropic laboratory test to analyze how a person's genes may affect the way he responds to medicines used to treat depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and other behavioral health conditions. 

Joining us to discuss how advances in genetic testing are aiding the treatment of individuals with mental health issues are Assurex Health Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs & Clinical Development, Dr. Bryan Dechairo; and Lindner Center of HOPE President and CEO and Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Paul E. Keck, Jr