difficult child is on lithobid and recently started titrating up on Depakote (750 mg/day for past 4 days). Raging had stopped on lithium but restlessness/hyperness got worse so Depakote was added. I didn't notice any change with 250 mg Depakote but saw some significant change on 500 mg. psychiatrist said he could go up to 1000 and left it up to me- I was thinking the 750 mg dosage would do it. But, since I started the 750 mg dosage (it was to go up every 5 days), signs of raging returned. Today has been a nightmare. I have been trying to work with him to get him back on track with homework and school projects, but he's fighting me every step to the point of being so irrational that he'll leave home and fail the 7th grade or be locked up to prove I can't make him. Or, at least that's the way he's looking right now. It appears to me this could be too much Depakote- maybe I should lower it back down to 500 mg. Also, is it coincidence that "cycling" has gotten more frequent since mood stabilizers entered the picture? He had been on prozac for a year (very low dose) but when it was doubled, difficult child went on 2 hour crime spree. This is how bipolar came into question. I'm at witz end right now trying to get this kid to see that I can't help accomplish getting MST out if he can't do his part.