In this piece for Healing Journey, Anne O’Beirne briefly summarizes the history of the medical usage of lithium and describes the impact that the drug has had both on her own life and on her family.
“I felt that Lithium blunted my emotions and also remember the day when this ‘fog’ lifted and I started to feel again. I cried when I realised what the drug had done to me. I regret taking Lithium.
My father was on Lithium for years and his thyroid was affected by it. While he died from prostate cancer, I sometimes wonder if the kidney failure he experienced towards the very end of his life had something to do with being on this drug long term.”