For half a century, lithium salts have saved thousands from the potentially lethal grip of bipolar disorder. Surprising new findings now hint that these salts may also offer hope as treatments for neurological ailments from Alzheimer's disease to stroke
Ever since her senior year in high school, Kay Redfield Jamison has spent days and even weeks exploding with energy. She would stay up all night, sometimes for weeks in a row, feeling euphoric and productive. She would become lively, extroverted and impulsive. She would make bizarre purchases--a stuffed fox one day and a dozen snakebite kits the next.