The suspicion of a genetic disorder for which you are tested may cause anxiety and result in psychological complaints.
Often, considerable time passes before you have a final diagnosis. For you, the patient, this waiting period is probably a difficult and uncertain period.
And if it turns out you do have a genetic disorder or it has affected one of your relatives you may need support to accept this.
A genetic diagnosis also has practical and administrative consequences. We also try to find solutions for this.
This is why a good multidisciplinary framework is an important aspect of our consultations for you, the patient. Our geneticists are often assisted by a psychosocial worker during consultations, either:
- a social health worker,
- a psychologist,
- in the event of a PGD treatment, the PGD counsellor,
- or a genetic counsellor.
This does not involve any extra costs: psychosocial counselling is included in the doctor-geneticist's consultation.