|Bipolar is the lack of Lithium in the blood. You body is natually supposed to produce Lithuim. For those of us who are BP means there is no Lithium being produced by the body. As I wrote in another thread. A base blood draw needs to be done. Then the patient is givin a small dose of lithium. If the result comes back (I think it is) .05 or less after that dose, that means the person is not producing it on it's own which causes bipolar and needs to be treated with a lithium medication supplement.
Hope that made sense. I was a .05 or lower and was given the test which brough me up to a 0.9 after my second dose. That is a perfect level. I won't go into detail but the doctor wanted to see me a bit higher after I told him it felt like a brick had been taken off my shoulders. He then put me on a third does. It just did not work out well at all. There are more up to date safer medications out not that most here on the board are one I have heard. I just take my Klonopin which has a componient for BP in it.
BTW: I was diagnosed back in the mid 80s. I am no 60 years old a doing fairly well if I say so myself, for all that is wrong with me.