Our expert says:
I don't understand what on earth they were doing. Normally, though tiny amounts of Lithium may be present in, for instance, drinking water, NONE of us have a detectable level of it in our blood-stream. And there is no blood test to diagnose depression or bipolar disorder.
If one has diagnosed someone as having Bipolar Disorder, and has decided to treat them with useful doses of Lithium ( an old but effective medication for treating Bipolar Disorder ), then it is usual to do measurements of the level of lithium in the blood due to the dose being taken, to check that the levels are right. Too little and it is doing no good, too high a level causes unpleasant side-effects.
So I don't think they could have found a significant lithium level on testing him, unless the diagnosis was already made and the medicine started.
If this is so, its no disaster. Bipolar disorder varies, it can be relatively mild or reasonably easy to get under control, or it may be more serious. If he is under good treatment, it should not necessarily affecty his job, and he would not be "classified" in any external sense at all.
Maybe you need to discuss this with his doctors - it sounds as though they didn't explain things very well to you.
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