I'm 71 and been treated for spells of depression ( varying antidepressants) for coming up to 40 years. Relatively recently I realised I was probably bipolar 2 and saw a psychiatrist who confirmed this and prescribed Depakote ,in addition to the Venlafaxine and Mirtazapine i was already taking.
Since when (about 3 years) my depressed spells have become longer and more frequent and I am currently keen to try alternative medication (in consultation with the psychiatrist and my GP ). I can just about cope with the depression but at 71 I might not have that many years of good physical health left and I cannot afford to spend most of that time coping (just and with difficulty) with the basic things of day to day life, with an apparent inability to undertake or complete tasks other than the basics.
Anyone else out there with similar experience of Depakote and who found a better alternative ? It might not work for me but at least would be worth trying. Lithium is a possibility but can't think of much else.