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What is the definition or description of: lithium?

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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
See below: Lithium a silver-white metal with a symbol li and atomic weight of 3. On a psychopharmacological level, lithium is in the class of medication called anti-manic agents and used to treat and prevent episodes of mania in bipolar disorder; also may be used to treat depression and some other disorders. Discuss with your prescribing doctor the use of lithium for your particular condition.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Lithium: Chemically, lithium is a light, soft, alkali metal. It's very highly reactive, so that in nature it's only found in compound form. It's useful in batteries. As a medication, Lithium Carbonate and citrate can be used to stabilize mood in people with bipolar disorder. In these people it can help with both mania and depression. Blood level monitoring is needed when taking lithium.

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