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I went into rehab for a cocaine addiction and they told me within 10 days that they thought i was bi-polar. They tried all kinds of meds on me and then went to 300mg of lithium for two days, then 600mg the next day and then 900mg. I had to be taken to the hospital for lithium toxicity (1.3 level) I flew home and ended up in the hospital because I went thru 5 hours of severe mental difficulties with hallucinations, demonic dreams, blood pressure up to 188 ( thought my heart was coming out of my throat) I sensed a metallic taste in my mouth and up my legs and my arms. I was prayign out loud for my life and felt i was dying. Fortunately I drand 64 0z of water that day (from what i had heard and read about dehydration) and I think this saved my life because I urinated buckets on my hospital bed. I was then sent to Stonybrook Psyc ward in New york and I was interviewed by two psych. The head told me she could not believe what they gave me in there and said there was nothing wrong with me and that I had to go off everything and would not get better for 6mths to a year. I took a lot of vitamen B etc and only today (6mths later am I starting to feel like myself again. It was quite an experience,not what i went there for, and i was also withdrawing from several years of Paxil. In the end, they apologized and told me they did not think i was bi-polar afterall because I did not respond to any of the medication ( I responded all right...totally negatively and severe side effects. I have been to a lawyer. I am a retired teacher with 30 years of experience and a masters in early childhood education with excellent ratings. I was a "party girl" from the Hamptons and thought i needed help. When i went in there I was more like the poster child for people who use cocaine recreationally compared to what i was in there with. It was called the Watershed in Boca Raton. I just want to know what happened to me with the lithium! Thank you!