Other fields of health benefit from prognostic tests, allowing doctors and patients to act to reduce future disease risk. Why should mental health be any different? With PPD, knowing the future comes with benefits. A non-invasive private digital interface coupled with our ground breaking AI acts as a first step to help you understand your risk. Anyone can take the PPD blood test. Having a biological test showing you are at elevated risk to PPD will help you and your supporters to recognize symptoms if they develop. You’ll know you are more than ‘just tired’ and that it is time to get screened by your doctor so you can be treated. Having that extra support beforehand may even protect against PPD17,18.
Beyond PPD, we are developing other epigenetic tests to help you protect your future. These technologies will give you insight into other depressions caused by an epigenetic sensitivity to hormonal changes including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and perimenopausal depression (PMD). Other tests will let you know if you’ve been exposed to environmental risk factors or are at risk for cognitive decline. Beyond prognosticating risk, we are developing a technology to know if you’ll be likely to respond to antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Did you know that many women (40~50%) don’t respond to these medications and right now the best doctors can do is to use trial and error over the course of many months to find this out? Nobody wants to flip a coin when they are in pain. Imagine getting the right medication from the start to alleviate your suffering sooner.
Mothers have a tremendous influence on their children. Maternal depressions like PPD can leave lasting epigenetic marks on the next generation that predisposes them to later life psychiatric risk. By protecting your own mental health, you’ll be protecting the future mental health of your family.