GeneSight testing program to be discussed

Dr. Enedina Berrones, a psychiatrist with Maumee Valley Guidance Center, will explain a new GeneSight testing program that the agency is now using with patients who have uncontrolled psychiatric symptoms. The program matches the patient’s genetic profile with known pharmacology to select medications that are known to work well with that genetic profile.

Her presentation at the Tuesday, Feb. 2 meeting of NAMI Four County is open to the public. The presentation starts at 7 p.m. at the Four County ADAMhs Board office, T-761 State Route 66 south of Archbold, across from Four County Career Center.

Dr. Berrones will also discuss some of the advances and research in mental health that she believes will offer new hope for the successful treatment of mental illness in the future.

NAMI Four County is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest organization of family members and friends of persons living with a mental illness, as well as those who have a mental illness. The group meets the first Tuesday of every month, usually at the Four County ADAMhs Board office.

NAMI also offers free mental health family education classes for persons who have a loved one with any type of mental illness and support groups for both family members and individuals with a mental illness.

The next free family education class, Family to Family, starts next month on Thursday, Feb. 18. It will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for 12 consecutive weeks at the Sherwood State Bank community room in Defiance, 400 W. Third St. For more information on the class or to register, contact Gary or Barb Arnos, the class leaders, at 419-270-1502 or 419-270-2591.

For more detailed information on this class and others that will be offered in the coming months, visit the NAMI Four County website:

The website also has information about support groups, local behavioral health providers who have a sliding fee schedule as well as links to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous for a current list of support groups and meeting times in the area.