A Mother's Journey Blog

My Son Who Has ADHD Becomes Violent, Depressed, & Has Anger Problems; Any Advice?
Q: My son has been diagnosed with AD/HD about 5 years ago.  As he has gotten older everything they put him on had a side effect.  And we have had to put him on more meds just to counter react the effects of the other drugs.  He has become violent, depressed and has a sever anger problem.  We said enough no more! We want our son back.  Any advice?
A: Your son sounds like our son many years ago minus the anger issues. When a parent tells me their ADD/ADHD child can instantly become angry or aggressive with them or other children, I will often ask them if they have had their child’s cortisol level checked. Every time you are stressed, cortisol (stress hormone that’s released by your adrenal glands) is dumped into your body. Over a long period of time stress can destroy nerve connections and neurons affecting short-term memory. ADD/ADHD have a high level of frustration because of the constant stress they are put under. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, stress and depression are closely linked. Stress doesn’t just affect your mind psychologically but your body as well. In The Journal of Autisms and Developmental Disorders say that ADHD children have abnormal levels of cortisol. High amounts of cortisol can cause problems in metabolizing carbohydrates, protein, and fats affecting their ability to concentrate. And Yale researchers have confirmed that children with ADD have a problem in metabolizing glucose. In my opinion, if my child was constantly stressed, easily angered, or depressed I would so have his cortisol level tested by salivary hormone analysis done by a doctor or on-line.. There are many 100% herbal formulas that come in capsules or liquid form that you can take with juice that will help balance healthy cortisol hormone levels. Plus adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, ginkgo boloba, or rhodiola (which is our favorite) will also naturally help with stress. Biometics AM/PM program will also help with balancing his cortisol levels too. You will need to contract Rae Ann if you any questions about prices or programs for Biometics hayneskr@cox.net. She has had adrenal and cortisol issues that she currently balances with natural remedies and vitamin supplements. And her son has ADD and is med free.
Second, try to keep in mind that a child’s liver, especially when their organs have not properly developed, is not meant to filter an addictive control substance long term. And I do not care if a doctor says differently! I had my son on meds for 2 1/2 yrs. I KNOW personally most of the side effects that are associated with ADHD meds. The longer a child stays on those meds, the worst the side effects become and more meds are called in to neutralize side effects from the previous medications. And before long, you have a young child on 3-5 different meds. Plus these meds throw the body and brain chemistry totally off balance!!! I would go through the 6 steps I listed on my Natural Remedies page. You don’t have to do them all at once or in the same order. It is there as a guide to give you a starting point. The goal is to remove the toxin burden and maximize their nutrient intake (such as high quality vitamin supplements). It will take some time to get your child’s chemistry back in check. Do not give up! I’m here as living proof that you CAN manage ADHD without medication….but it will take commitment and consistency on your part.
P.S Aggresive behavior is a warning sign that indicates low serotonin production in the brain.
Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers
When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.