For one thing, I think the psych community overlooks the rebound effect of simply taking away a drug with depressant properties. Even a normal person discontinuing rapidly would, I contend, be at risk for symptoms (dysphoric, hypomanic, anxiety, agitation, or otherwise). And another, lithium may well have unique withdrawal symptoms of its own that have been written off as mania.
Nowhere in the literature do I see any acknowledgement of this. The knee-jerk explanation given is always the bipolar, as if they were trying to give you evidence of your bipolar and teach a morality lesson about compliance. The patronizing never ends.
I do think this is a disservice and provides only misconceptions about lithium as a "test" for bipolar.
So, anyway, this is what i've been thinking lately. I just wish there were some solid addressing of the true withdrawal aspects of lithium--and not just finger-pointing to a possibly red herring (the bipolar).
Edited by seven, 20 October 2006 - 06:48 PM.