You many be surprised to find out that some of the most famous names in the entertainment and business worlds suffer from adult ADHD and have shared their experience to bring awareness to the disorder.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) affect about five percent of children and more than 50 percent of them will carry the condition into adulthood, according to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report in 2011.
ADHD is a neurological disorder that prevents people from focusing, they also suffers from over activity, and have behavioral problems.
But the rich and famous that suffer from this common condition prove that no matter how hard it is to manage, they have overcome the obstacle to reach their goals and become the best at their craft.
Here are some of the most famous personalities that suffer from ADHD:
One of the most successful recording artists, who started as a child star in the Mickey Mouse Club, the Grammy winner confessed to Collider.com that he suffers from a combination ADHD and COD. However this hasn’t prevented him from selling millions of albums around the world.
The Grammy award winner and frontman of the band Maroon 5 recently shared that he suffers from ADHD, as a way to bring attention to the condition and said that he really can’t pay attention to this date, but that hasn’t prevented him from being a multi-million dollar recording artist.
The most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 total medals, he suffers from ADHD and found an outlet to his behavior problems in swimming. His mom, Debbie, described Phelps having the classic ADHD symptoms: not sitting still or being able to focus.
Known as “The Naked Chef, the 38-year-old British cookbook author said he suffered from ADHD as a child and as an adult he manages the symptoms with healthy eating and has become an advocate for eliminating junk food in schools, as a way of bringing awareness to the disease.
A successful actor and singer, he has been in a number of blockbuster movies, after becoming a household name with his long running sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Smith said that as a child he was the “fun one who had trouble paying attention”, but was never diagnosed. He also had trouble reading.
Diagnosed with both ADHD and dyslexia as a child, the actor said of his experience with prescriptions: “For a time, it would work well, then it worked less and my pain was more. I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns. I understand why kids kill themselves. I absolutely do. You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I’d never do it to my child.”
Sir Richard Branson
The Virgin founder is another highly successful person with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Branson is proof positive of the theory that adults with ADHD are 300 percent more likely to start their own company, according to statistics from Psychology Today. He also started his own magazine when he was just 16.
This partial list of high profile people is proof enough that even someone who suffers from ADHD as an adult can be successful with proper treatment and awareness. These individuals have all shared their stories to help those who are affected from one of the most common behavioral disorders in the US.