I am currently on Depakote which know it's been 6 years I am taking 1000 it's not working any more! I need lithium, I was inpatient with a conservative shrink that had 35 patients at the time. The guy was terrible he takes me off lithium puts me on Depakote I don't think it ever help me. I am asking my Dr this week if he can put me back on lithium. I had no sides he felt that Depakote. The first week 6 years ago I felt nothing. He was to conservative he affect my life and my family life.