I took Whitney to her pediatrician when she was seven because I noticed episodes of her staring off into space. The doctor ordered an EEG, and Whitney was diagnosed with petit mal seizures. She went on Zarontin for those seizures and seemed under control until she turned 13, and she started having grand mal seizures. At that point, we added Lamictal to her medications. We needed to increase the use of it over time, and eventually we had to try other meds, including Depakote.