Can lithium help treat bipolar disorder in teens?

Lithium, known as a "mood stabilizer," can prevent manic symptoms of bipolar disorder in children ages 12 and older. It also acts as an antidepressant and lessens suicidal inclinations. Since these findings resulted from studies with adults, the effects are not guaranteed in those under 18. In fact, some researchers claim that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may not even approve lithium today if it had to review the case studies.

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