Children typically crave the attention for others; that be positive or negative. I have a family member who is a young boy who I feel as though is suffering from taking ritalin and depakote. Over all no one can tolerate him, not even the school. There have a various of times where he'd have a freak out episode and become suicidal. This scares me because this boy is only ten. Ritalin nor Depakote is helping the fact that he still is performing at a 3rd grade level. These drugs are making matters worst. What's the publics opinion?