Today, most psychiatrists rely on their education and experience to choose which of the dozens of FDA-approved antidepressants is likely to work best for a particular patient. But human biology (and especially the brain) is complex. So often, it’s not until a doctor’s second (or third or fourth…) “guess” that they land on a medication that’s effective. Now, psychiatrists can use something far more concrete to guide their antidepressant decisions: a patient’s DNA. Read more here.
DNA Tests Can Take Some of the Guesswork Out of Treating Depression
How to Defy Your Genes: Improving Your Health Odds May Be Easier Than You Think
Check out this article from AARP Magazine about seven people, including Dan Lukasik, who have family histories of various illnesses and what they’ve done to overcome them and lead healthy lives. Read the News
First Robust Genetic Links to Depression Emerge
Recent discoveries have energized the hunt for genes connected to major depression. Read the News
Acute Stress Alters Control of Gene Activity
Acute stress alters the methylation of the DNA and thus the activity of certain genes implicated in mental illness. Read the Story