Hey Doc…

My 11 y/o son has trouble in school – he has trouble focusing and never opens a book.  He’s quick to anger at times and has trouble sleeping.  The school psychologist says he has ADHD and recommends he see a psychiatrist to get on medication.  Are drugs the only answer?

  -C.A. in Cathedral City- 


Dear C.A.,

ADHD is probably the most misunderstood condition there is.  It is commonly referred to as a ‘learning’ disorder; in actuality it is an ‘interest’ disorder.  ADHD is all about adrenaline – a hormone that can cause an increase in activity and it is a neurotransmitter that provides people with intelligence.  Decreasing adrenaline by a change of diet and getting hormones in balance by using bio-identical prescriptive progesterone cream can often alleviate and sometimes eliminate the symptoms of ADHD in 24 hours – without the use of drugs.

“Hey Doc” is a weekly series of questions & answers pertaining to common medical issues. It was published in the Palm Springs area, as well as the Beverly Hills Courier, not too long ago. The answers are strictly my beliefs and are intended to inform the reader of possible alternative approaches. Obviously, all questions regarding your health should be discussed with your own physician. ~Michael E. Platt M.D.