This is often prescribed in the
management of manic depressive states,
not only to help control over activity
but also to reduce depression and produce a
levelling of the heights and depths of mood
The level of effectiveness is
narrow and the amount of lithium in the blood
has to be carefully monitored. People
vary greatly in the evel of lithium rate until
stabilized. If the level is too low, it is
ineffective; if it is too high, tremor, ataxia
(the loss of power in governing movements),
speech difficulty and even confusion can occur.
Stimulants have little place in the
treatment of depression but two should be
mentioned. Pemoline temporarily
reduces fatigue and drowsiness; and
methylphenidate hydrochoride is a drug
that stimulates the central nervous system.
mild transquillizer, meprobamate, is sometimes
prescribed. It is best used intermittently and
for only short periods.