LithiumManhattan, Manic City

Film information

The Element

  • Li
  • Lithium
  • Atomic No.3
  • Atomic Mass6.94100
  • Market Priceapprox $7/kg
Lithium is used to treat the manic episodes of manic depression. Manic symptoms include hyperactivity, rushed speech, poor judgment, reduced need for sleep, aggression, and anger. It also helps to prevent or lessen the intensity of manic episodes.

Making the Film

  • LanguageEnglish
  • Running time7:30 minutes
Lithium is a short documentary about the office of Dr. Ronald R. Fieve, the man who first introduced Lithium in the U.S. as a treatment for Bipolar. We explore the personal life of three New Yorkers and their relationship to the mental illness, as well as their experience using the drug.

The Filmmaker

  • David Alvarado & Jason Sussberg