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SOUTHGATE, Ky. -- A young professional of Northern Kentucky was prescribed medication at a young age after a doctor diagnosed him with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).

He started taking the medicine while in the first grade. When high school rolled around, he secretly stopped.

"It took my energy away," Michael Hon said. "I don't really feel like it did that much for me."

The 20-year-old videographer uses his energy to get things done, sometimes editing several projects all within one day. Even if that same energy got him in trouble during early grade school, it fuels the passion he has for work today.

Hon wasn't a fan of ADHD medication, and a neurologist from Illinois published a book that suggests the condition doesn't exist. Written by Dr. Richard Sauls, the book says the truth behind ADHD is that it's not real.

A local doctor disagrees, and said that ADHD is a very real malfunction in the brain, but admits there might not be one cause.

"That's clearly untrue," Dr. Don Gilbert of University of Cincinnati's Children's Hospital said of the book's claim. "You can have ADHD symptoms after a brain injury. You can have ADHD symptoms because you're having a seizure. You can be distracted by depression."

Hon and Gilbert agree that medicine shouldn't be the first stop in treating people with ADHD symptoms, especially young children with lots of energy.

"Everybody who has ADHD has to figure out some way to adapt to their situation so they can succeed in school," Gilbert said.

Education or discipline, according to Hon, could be a better route to control kids' energy levels.

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