Britney and Lithium

I read Britney Spears’ full statement to the court regarding conservatorship. Many people were alarmed by the statements about an IUD or being forced to go on tour. But the statement that stood out for me seemed less important to others…it was the small statement about lithium.

She said she no longer wanted to be on tour and so was switched to lithium. This seems to have been a form of punishment or coercion. But lithium is a dangerous drug if administered unproperly and particularly in combination with other drugs like risperidone. According to studies, 6% of lithium patients in wards exhibit negative reactions to the drug. These reactions can range from headaches, nausea, diarrhea to something even so severe as lithium toxicity or death. Lithium toxicity or lithium poisoning is a real issue in psych wards with 1 million people a year estimated to be involuntarily committed. This is not the type of drug you unsupervise or introduce rapidly at high doses. There is also large weight gain with lithium and potential for longterm brain damage or tardive diskenesia, a permanent involuntary muscle spasming of the body. Lithium patients with longterm use can have renal and adrenal failure leading to early demise usually by 10 to 20 years.

A psych doctor would know these things which is what alarmed me about her statement of feeling “drunk” after going on the lithium. She may have been exhibiting adverse reaction to it. Lithium toxicity is a very real thing. If you don’t believe me, look up lithium toxicity on YouTube and the videos of survivors.


Author: J. Speer

I like to write. I have 5 books currently on Amazon, mostly fiction. I try to write positive and uplifting children's stories, expressive poetry for women, and interesting articles about personal growth, alternative medicine, and spirituality. My stories are often about diverse people but with human connection in mind through inner perspective. I love my characters especially the ones from my first book, Searching for Fire. I moved recently to Vermont. I live in the North Country region near Lake Willoughby, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. My heart will always be with Kansas but I love travel and meeting new people with diverse perspectives on life. I have found Vermonters to have many admirable qualities like stoicism and a love and stewardship of nature. My hobbies are writing, gardening, outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, and hiking. I am an amateur herbalist. Many years ago, an alternative medicine doctor cured me of a respiratory illness by teaching me about vitamins and for that, I owe her a debt of gratitude. I recently bought a Jeep Wrangler that fits my personality and love for adventure. Associated with the military in my younger years, I have lived in Israel, Germany, and Virginia as well - all of which I loved in different ways. I thoroughly believe in the military spouse phrase, "bloom where you are planted" and endeavor to carry a positive optimism wherever I roam. Most days are good but admittedly I get down sometimes. I am prone to sadness or severe cynicism at times, so I turn to music as my consolation and source of expression or inspiration. My favorite songs currently are "How Deep is Your Love" by the Beegees, "La Vie en Rose", "A Million Dreams" or maybe Karen Carpenter singing "Close to You" or Elton John singing "Your Song." I also like "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" by Starship or "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders. "Faithfully" by Journey always reminds me of rollerskating with friends in the 1980s. My favorite quotes are from the Velveteen Rabbit, Steve Jobs, and this one..."To the caterpillar it was the end of the world, but to the butterfly it was merely a beautiful beginning." Or there is the quote from Peter Pan teaching Wendy..."What if I fall? But, oh my darling, what if you fly?" I also believe in being a pearl - graceful on the outside but full of grit and gratitude on the inside. My favorite women of the Bible are Ruth, Hannah, and Hagar. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Cheers, friend.

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