Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Genetic Test for Schizophrenia and Other Stuff

I don’t see a thread for this topic, so stop me if this is common knowledge.

There exists a genetic test for Schizophrenia.
Depending upon the detail and depth of the test, a person can potentially learn a lot of useful information about themself and their biology from such a test.
Even better, the results of the test can be shared between specialists to better understand the patient’s biology and how that can impact medication, treatment and so on.

While there is no guarantee that a genetic test might reveal something new and actionable, it seems like a good idea to me.

My brother has had a genetic test done, which did confirm the genetic marker for Schizophrenia. But it also revealed some information that was used by his psychiatrist to help adjust his medication. If I remember correctly, he was switched from one AP to another, based on his metabolism and some other factors that were revealed by his test results.

Not saying you or your loved ones might see anything similar.
But it might be worth finding out.

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So if the genitic market is not found
Does that confirm non exsistant schizophrenia?
Where can I get one done and how much are they…

I won’t pretend that I understand what causes Schizophrenia, or anything about genetics…

However if you want to be tested, I think the best way to start would be to talk to your primary care physician / have the diagnosed person talk to their psychiatrist.
I imagine that it is probably expensive, so trying to get insurance to cover it is worth the effort.

I think it’s important to point out that I definitely don’t have any sort of special knowledge about any of this. I just want to share that genetic tests exist and that the results could be useful, when combined with multiple specialists sharing information with each other.
There is a ton of biology and chemistry involved in understanding genetics, then also a lot of psychology / psychiatry involved with using that information to help get effective outcomes from clinical treatment.
I will not pretend to even have a whisper of wisdom in any of that. People study and practice for decades in order to understand any of it…

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