Readers often ask me, “Gina, what’s the best medication for ADHD?”
No one wants to hear: “It depends.”
ADHD is complex and variable. Individuals have ADHD, not clones.
There are no cookie-cutter answers—beyond stimulant medications being the longtime first-line medication treatment.
Readers also ask me about genetic testing for ADHD medications. That is, DNA tests to help identify the best medication for a person with ADHD. Sorry to say, we are not there yet.
These tests can be useful, but they often misinterpreted (including by physicians) in ways that threaten to deprive people of the ADHD medications likely to work best.
I recruited my scientist-husband (a PhD molecular biologist with decades of experience in genetics) to educate the ADHD public on this issue. In clear language and concepts!
About This Series
Hence this 7-part blog series: Genetic Testing for ADHD Medications: What Your Genes Might Tell You That Your Doctor Cannot.
Finding effective ADHD medication therapy is highly individualistic. We lack a way to reliably predict which ADHD medication might work best for any one individual.
With the advent of genetic testing, that is beginning to change. But only that: beginning. Failing to understand the benefit—and lack thereof—risks depriving you or your loved one of evidence-based treatment.
The Focus of Each Post in the Series:
1. Topic overview
2. See our testing results—and my husband’s initial reactions
3. Dive into the details of genotyping (what does the term even mean?).
4. Learn about “when and why” to pursue genotyping, the real-world value and usage
5. What are the limits of genotyping?
6. We put it all together with a closer look at our personal testing results and real-life application of the findings, beginning with Gina’s results…
7. …and continuing with Dr. Goat’s personal test results.