Adam Levine may be the “Sexiest Man Alive,” at least according to People Magazine, but there is nothing sexy about his lifelong struggle with ADHD symptoms, which he continues to experience as an adult.
Now Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5 who also earns between $10 million and $12 million for sitting in one of four judge’s chairs on NBC’s hit music competition show The Voice, has gone public with his revelation that he has ADHD, in a new public service announcement for the Own It Campaign.
The Own It Campaign encourages adult sufferers of ADHD to “own” their symptoms and consult a medical specialist to help cope with them. The campaign also includes professional baseball player Shane Victorino of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a common childhood neurological disorder which sometimes disappears with maturity, but also can persist into adulthood. According to the Center For Disease Control, children with ADHD symptoms are likely to “daydream a lot, forget or lose things a lot, squirm or fidget, talk too much, make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks, have a hard time resisting temptation, have trouble taking turns, have difficulty getting along with others.”
“When I was first diagnosed with ADHD, it wasn’t a surprise because I had difficulty in high school focusing,” Adam Levine says in the new Own It video. “And I think now, people notice my ADHD as an adult on a daily basis. When I can’t pay attention, I really can’t pay attention.”
The 34-year old Levine who reportedly commands a $35 million per year empire encompassing not only his band Maroon 5 and his starring role on The Voice, but fashion products and multiple endorsements, obvously hasn’t allowed ADHD symptoms hold him back in his career.
“ADHD can be complex. As a child, I didn’t really know what I was dealing with. As an adult, I have learned how to manage and even accept my symptoms,” he said in a statement to go along with the release of the Own It PSA. “For young adults who might think that ADHD is something that they can outgrow, in some cases it is, but if you frequently feel those symptoms as an adult, don’t be bashful. Talk to your doctor.”
See Adam Levine discuss his ADHD symptoms by clicking here.