The first call of the morning was…Genetic Testing.
He had always been hesitant about taking medication for his condition due to the (commonly held) fear of not being able to find the right drug or combination of drugs. Recently he heard about Genetic Testing and wondered if we had any information on it.
I sent him an email with all the information he needed and the Genetic Test is incorporated into his moving forward therapy plan.
For some people finding the right drug or combination of drugs can take a lot of time and trial and error often accompanied by unwanted side effects adding to the problems the brain illness has already wrought. This is where the test comes into its own. So many of the drugs suitable for a specific condition can be ruled out, leaving fewer to try, cutting out months, even years of trial and error.
A simple quick and painless DNA cheek swab test is available right here in Athens via Athens Behavioral (706) 316–1908 .You don’t need a prescription or an appointment. You can walk in any Friday and if you have insurance the test will cost $20.00.
Without insurance however (not mentioned on their web page) the cost is a whopping $4000.00. DNA tests are of course readily available elsewhere between $250 and $500
Highlighting a regular start to the day at Nuçi’s Space ‘The First Call’ is literally the first call put through to our counseling advocate that day.