I just started taking Lithium last night. I was prescribed it by a new doctor who spent only 10 minutes with me for our first appointment. I was very concerned about taking lithium and she promptly ushered me out of the mood and said "it doesn't matter if we talk about it" and sent me on my way. I have done some reading and it seems there are a lot of health risks associated with taking this drug and I'm scared to be taking something I know nothing about. Could anyone give me "the basics" of lithium and any anecdotal experiences on side effects? My dose is 300mg daily for 4 days, then twice daily for 4 days, then three times daily thereafter.