There’s a company now doing genetic testing to see if a patient’s psychiatric medications are the right ones. The program is called GeneSight, and my doctor had me do my cheek swabs for it today. It’s cheap — $20-$50 for most people, and that’s only if their insurance doesn’t cover it. They also have tests for ADHD, chronic pain, and folic acid problems. The technology was developed by the Mayo Clinic and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and seems to have pretty good results. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty fucking awesome and can help doctors figure out what a person should be taking, which eliminates some of the “medication roulette” of getting on the right psych meds.
I’ll post about the test results and followup. Should be interesting.