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Depression on Depakote?

Posted by cache-monkey on April 23, 2005, at 22:14:17

Hi all,

So, I've been dysthymic and socially anxious for much of my adult life and generally anxious for the last few years. There are some elements to my etiology that suggest some sort of bipolarity. Soft, though: my mood will go up and down a bit past the bounds of normalcy.

I'm in the process of looking for a mood stabilizer right now and am currently on Depakote (ER, 750 mg/day). I feel like I've perhaps been a little less anxious, and certainly not at all hypomanic. However I feel like I've been getting a little depressed. This is different than my usual downs, which tend to be dysphoric, anxious, and mixed.

Has anyone else experienced a depressiogenic effect from Depakote? If so, was it transient or unrelenting?

Even if it is a depression, I can't tell if that's a good thing or not. It's kind of better than dysphoria since there are actual emotions to connect with, and maybe work through...

I hate this process of experimenting to find the right meds.





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