Overview

Lithium is an element. It gets its name from "lithos," the Greek word for stone, because it is present in trace amounts in virtually all rocks. Lithium is approved the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a prescription medication for use in bipolar disorder. People also sometimes use lithium supplements as medicine, but these supplements contain much lower doses of lithium.

Lithium is used for mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. Lithium supplements may also be used for other conditions, but there is limited scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

Exactly how lithium works is unknown, but it might help mental disorders by increasing the activity of chemical messengers in the brain. Lithium might also be needed for other functions in the body, like the development of blood cells.

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