I've been a listener for a couple of years now, keep up the great work!

With all due respect, we already have way too many "journalists" trying to pretend to be scientists and engineers.

It's not a superation story, fighting mental illness is hard and tiring and unfortunately there are no "wonder drugs".

In 2013 I had my first manic/mixed episode and I was having several delusions. But I was my grandmother that me and my siblings never met because she had a severe and untreated mental problem.

I also feel compelled to declare that this episode encompasses all the very best aspects and inventions of Radiolab.

For me that's like a 21st century re-invention of what the Lunar Men did hundreds of years ago; synthesising and sharing science (what was then called philosophy), learning, music, poetry- all of humankind's most amazing discoveries.

Enjoyed this episode and related strongly to the first part as my dad is bipolar and recently had an intense manic episode involving multiple bouts of involuntary hospitalization and forced medication.

He was stable on lithium for many years before getting off of it about a decade ago due to kidney damage.There they put me on lithium when they found out that I had bipolar. Then I started reading about the long-therm kidney problems.It did bring me to "normalcy" but I never liked it. My depression was getting worse and worse untill I changed psychiatrist and he decided that Lithium was not the drug for me. I still don't feel like my former self, I'm constantly tired and depressed, but I'm functional, somewhat stable and hoping that some day the treatments will be improved.I also liked the Helium poem, but I don't remember who that one was by. Ali The first part of this episode hit hard for me.I just want to share a bit of my conflicted story with lithium.The way carbon dating works and the dating technique described by the person on the podcast are two distinct different things.