i am 29 year old. i have been labled as manic depressed with bipolar 1 disorder. i have been give by doc. divalproex (depakote) 500mg ec tabblets. i have read the informatiom on this site. and was wondering. Is there a better, safer,& longer test drug. that could treat my condition. my dose is 3 times a day. yet this site informed me that 60mg per. day is best to start the drug.