I just stumbled upon this amazing company, Assurex Health. (http://www.assurexhealth.com/) They claim to be able to tailor psychotropic medication selections based on your personal DNA panel. I mean, this could mean the end of the medication-go-round that it seems everyone goes through. Now, if they could predict side-effects, that would be a game changer.
I’m trying to get in touch with them, to talk further about what they’re cooking.
This makes me ponder the question: If most people were generally given the *right* medications the FIRST time, for their symptoms, diagnosis, and physical construction, would they be more likely to stay on those medications? The same point, from another angle, could be argued for those who are anti-psychotropics to begin with. People such as holistic healers, therapists, and some psychiatrists are strictly opposed to the current available psyche-specific drugs. So, from that perspective, what if there was an all inclusive panel of Vit D, Vit b12, seratonin, dopamine, adrenaline, etc. If the root of bipolar really is a deficient or overly-active compound (or series of compounds), then it would be far more preferable to order a study like that. I’d prefer to know the root causation of my chemical imbalance, vs. what medications were required to address symptom management.
I don’t want to sound anti-medication, because I am very much not. It saves lives. Period. Unless something epic happens, I am committed to taking a certain degree of medication so I can be at my best for my family. There are some who can exist without it, or choose not to partake, and I have the utmost respect for people who make an educated decision about their care options. We all get to choose what our boundaries are. I simply wish I knew the root causation for, at the least, my depressive episodes, from a physiological perspective. I wish there was a test for that.
It doesn’t seem as though drug companies have any impetus to fund something like that though. I mean, it would mean not needing their brain candy.