Anyone have any experience? My difficult child who is 9 was just diagnosed with Bipolar a couple days ago. The psychiatrist was very good. He wants me to get into my prim care doctor so that I can get on different medications also because paxil just doesn't seem to be working for me and I also have bipolar symptoms. Is lithium safe for a 9 year old. He's not starting her on it until she gets her bloodwork back. Any side effects I need to look for. He's keeping her on risperidone for a while too. Any words of advise for dealing with bipolar and what to look for with the medication treatment? I'm very nervous.