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My son, also 22 today has been taking 1000mgDR for 14 years. He now struggles with the same issues. He is more tired then most but nothing that keeps him down. In my opinion when we tried adding the antidepressants and ADHD meds the tiredness became much worse. We have tried stratera for ADHD and Prozac for OCD to try to calm the thoughts in his mind hoping it would help him pay attention better. Neither of which worked, but maybe didn't use long enough because he was always too tired. If you don't mind me asking how much Depakote does your son take? and do the other meds help with ADHD? We want to change as well but are too afraid. Trying to learn anything new is always a challenge and I always find myself calling and texting to remind him of different things.

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Hi, so glad to find a mom who can relate! Although I’m sorry your son also struggles w these issues. Mine takes 500 twice per day… so 1000 per day. He’s been on fluoxetine nearly 2 yrs, because of a major depression episode… we have reduced it recently by 1/3 and he got really depressed again (or maybe he it was his normal mid semester panic and overwhelm because he missed so many classes and assignments and passing looked hopeless 😩). He is swearing that the Concerta is helping him focus… he said yest “mom, I wrote 6 pages today!” …. It gave me a glimpse of how hard his normal days must be because 6 pages doesn’t seem like a lot to accomplish 🤦‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️). He will literally sleep til 3:30 pm if we don’t continually harass him to get up. He’s super sweet and not defiant at all, really agreeable just cannot seem to make his body move. Doctors have not been helpful about getting off since he’s alive. But quality of life is low. He’s only happy when he’s drinking and hanging out with friends late night. God bless these young men and guide their doctors! I just don’t know how to advocate for him w his docs, he doesn’t want to change depakote because he’s afraid of seizure. He has one per year and it seems to be when he forgets several doses… in the ER his valproic acid levels are low. Do u have doc get labs on vitamin D and vitamin B? His psychiatrist finally checked those levels this year … no one ever has in all the 10 yrs we have been dealing w this!! Everyone need vitamin D, especially depressed kids on anti seizure drugs