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Research teams out of Indiana University School of Medicine have recently announced a new blood test developed to identify anxiety.
Neurosciencenews.com reported the tests measure and study biomarkers in their subject. And by examining these biomarkers, researchers can learn a lot about a patient’s mental health.
When examining the biomarkers in the subject, researchers are able to measure the level of anxiety in a person. What’s more interesting is the biomarkers can also help determine a person’s risk for developing worse anxiety.
And probably the most encouraging part is that the test can also help a person discover the best way to treat their anxiety. Of the millions of people who struggle with anxiety, many are prescribed medication. And some of these medications have serious side effects or addictive qualities.
But there are many cases of anxiety that don’t benefit from medication at all.
Some forms of anxiety don’t respond to medication like others do. And some can simply be treated with cognitive behavior therapy or lifestyle changes. The new blood test can help doctors determine which treatment plans would be best for a specific patient. And whether or not that person would benefit at all from medicine.
Many cases of anxiety are not properly diagnosed.
Some cases of anxiety lead to panic attacks, which look a lot like a heart attack. If a person has had their biomarkers examined, they can be more prepared to handle the symptoms of anxiety. This is just one example of the benefits of a test like this.
MindXSciences have gotten in on the test making too. Now that is has proven successful on the research level, MindXSciences is developing it to be used on a broader scale. Their goal is to make it available for doctors to use on their patients. It will help them better match a medication to their patient and preemptively control future anxiety risks and side effects.