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Posted by: Liza | 2009/11/20

Lithium testing

My shrink is currently having my lithium levels tested every week - so I' m not really worried about toxicity. I am however worried that I might permanently feel like my IQ has dropped a couple of points. As a computer programmer, this could have far-reaching implications for me.

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OK, I;m relieved to hear that there is not a problem of toxicity. I understand your concerna.
If we look at commonly recognized side-effects of Lithium, which your shrink would be concerned about if they became severe, these can include confusion and drowsiness, and decreased concentration. And side-effects which can be related to serum levels EVEN IF they are within the usual therapeutic limits, can include psychomotor retardation, poor memory and slowed intellectual functioning. Have you discussed this concern with your shrink ?

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2009/11/20

OK, I;m relieved to hear that there is not a problem of toxicity. I understand your concerna.
If we look at commonly recognized side-effects of Lithium, which your shrink would be concerned about if they became severe, these can include confusion and drowsiness, and decreased concentration. And side-effects which can be related to serum levels EVEN IF they are within the usual therapeutic limits, can include psychomotor retardation, poor memory and slowed intellectual functioning. Have you discussed this concern with your shrink ?

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