As a teenager, Katie Gruman was prescribed one mental health drug after another. None seemed to help her manage symptoms of anxiety and bipolar disorder, so she self-medicated with alcohol and illicit drugs.
It would take five years, and trying more than 15 different medications, before she found meds that actually helped.
Now 28 and in recovery, Gruman has been on the same drugs for years. But when a clinician recommended a genetic test to see which drugs work best for her, she took it.
Reading the test results “was definitely vindicating,” she says. Medications that hadn’t worked for her as a teenager were the same ones the results marked as bad fits.