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Mom teams up with Lindner Center of HOPE to fight depression

Local mom Doreen Schowalter is teaming up with providers at the Lindner Center of HOPE to share more on her journey and the early warning signs of depression. (Photo: WKRC)

MASON, Ohio (WKRC) - May is mental health awareness month and one Mason mom, Doreen Schowalter, is teaming up with providers at the Lindner Center of HOPE to share more on her journey and the early warning signs of depression.

Doreen struggled for years until she joined a study that eventually ended up giving her lab results on her own DNA from a company called Assurex RX in Mason.

Assurex tests DNA samples and give healthcare providers a personal prescription for what works and what doesn't to help patients feel better.

Doreen said that allowed her to get the right treatment and get out from under the symptoms many experience with depression.

“Patients usually complain of sadness, tearfulness, inability to sleep, lack of appetite, sometimes they feel hopeless or helpless with their situation,” said Dr. Nelson Rodriguez from the Lindner Center of HOPE. "Our goal is really remission, so this test helps us , helps our patient into remission."

A combination of medication and therapy helped Doreen, but it took until she was able to get her own DNA tested to get what she needed.

The test is available to healthcare providers based on that research for those, such as Doreen, who struggle with depression and mood disorders.

Chief Medical and Science Officer of Assurex, Bryan Dechairo, said they focus on patients with mental health conditions.

The goal is to provide patients the right prescription right away through a test your doctor can order called Genesight.

According to Dechairo, patients are simply given an envelope with a cheek swab that gets sent back to a lab, and physicians, such as Dr. Rodriguez, get a report that shows which medications are likely to give the patient the best response.

For Doreen, Genesight made all the difference right away.

"I was just back to myself again," she said.

That's a common occurrence when your own DNA is used to determine what works for your own happiness, said the Assurex team.

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