Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not rare. In fact, 11% of all American children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed. That’s roughly 6.1 million children! It might be comforting for children to know that they are not alone, there are lots of other children just like them. In fact, some of those children grew up to be celebrities that have done amazing things! Here are 5 celebrities with ADHD and how they overcame their symptoms.
1. Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps grew up with symptoms he thought every child had. He was unable to concentrate on homework, sit still, or be quiet. He was constantly distracting other students and frustrating his teachers.
One of Michael’s teachers even told him that he would never amount to anything and never be successful.
Swimming was a way for young Michael to get out some of his energy and built up frustration. The calming water in combination with the physical exertion helped Michael excel at swimming.
Now he is one of the most decorated Olympians of all time with 28 medals, 23 of which are gold.
2. Adam Levine
Adam Levine never knew he had ADHD as a child. He thought he was dealing with typical child behavior. However, he noticed that as he grew up the symptoms didn’t go away. That’s when he knew he needed help.
Adam couldn’t concentrate on songwriting or put all of his ideas onto paper. He recalls having 30 different ideas in his head but not being able to express any of them.
After Adam Levine found the help he needed, he was able to write songs and use the energy he had to create unique music. He still loves performing and his fun, energetic personality shows itself when he’s in front of an audience.
3. Ty Pennington
Ty grew up being the worst behaved student in the class.
His mother was studying to become a child psychologist and went to Ty’s elementary school to observe the worst behaved kid in the class. Little did she know it was her own son.
Ty did things like swing from the blinds, sit on his desk, and strip naked during class. Other students couldn’t focus on their own work.
Now, Ty sees a psychiatrist to help manage his symptoms. He also channels some of his symptoms into his artwork and other talents and hobbies.
4. Howie Mandel
Howie grew up in the 60s which meant there wasn’t a lot of help for people with ADHD. He struggled with the disorder for most of his childhood, feeling isolated and alone.
That is until he went on a talk show.
He accidentally blurted out that he suffered from both ADHD and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and then everyone knew what he suffered from. He was so embarrassed at his outburst until other people started coming up to him and expressing their frustrations with their own diagnosis.
He didn’t feel so alone after that.
5. Simone Biles
Simone Biles has taken medication for her ADHD since she was a child. Growing up with the understanding of her disorder helped her learn to control her symptoms at an early age.
Did you know…
After the Olympics, some leaked drug tests showed that Simone tested positive for Ritalin. Ritalin is a common medication for ADHD symptoms. Some people thought that Ritalin was an unfair drug for Simone to be taking while she was competing. However, since she has been taking the medication since she was a child, she was still considered to have competed clean.
Simone used her energy and controlled symptoms to become one of the best Olympic gymnasts of all time!
ADHD is controllable and manageable. If someone you know has ADHD help them know that they are not alone. There are lots of people that know what they’re going through.
Some of those people have even become world famous!