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Use Genes To Choose Treatment for Mental Disorders December 5, 2007

Posted by tkcollier in Lifestyle, Science & Technology.
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Best Treatment Option for Mental Disorders May Come Down to Genes: Scientific American
The study could improve current treatments for patients suffering from mental illnesses. The proper antipsychotic drugs may in the future be determined by genotyping patients to assure the most positive effect. Physicians now often have to try out different drugs to test their effectiveness, because this class of medications is highly varied and targets different brain receptors. Such findings as these could dramatically reduce the guesswork involved, thereby leading to the proper prescription from day one. Currently, Sadee says, antipsychotics are only effective 50 to 60 percent of the time and take five to six weeks to begin working.

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