Standby Drug for Adult Bipolar Disorder COULD BE Safe, Effective in Children: – MONDAY, Oct http://suhagracipla.org/sexuality/ . 12, 2015 – – A new study shows that lithium – – for a long time a go-to medicine for adults with bipolar disorder – – could be safely used in children with the problem, at least for the short-term. As the experts explained, lithium has long been the drug of choice for treating adults with bipolar disorder, which is characterized by extreme disposition swings. The condition impacts about 1 % of teens and is a leading cause of disability in the teenage years. Bipolar disorder typically begins in the teens or young adulthood, the researchers noted.