Celebrities with ADHD
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Celebrities with ADHD

ADHD on the Rise

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a fairly common medical disorder. It’s most often diagnosed in childhood or adolescence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that close to 11 percent of American children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD since 2011.

However, more than half of children with ADHD continue to experience the symptoms of the disorder as adults. Today, around 8 million adults suffer from ADHD. Many go on to lead healthy lives with successful careers. Some even become famous.

Here’s a collection of some well-known faces of people who happen to deal with ADHD. 

Michael Phelps

ADHD made schoolwork difficult for Phelps when he was little. He liked to move, acted up in class, and had a hard time getting his work finished. Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD at age 9.

Medication made his symptoms better, but it was in the pool that Phelps found the ability to deal with his disorder. The routine of practice and the soothing effects of the water helped him cope and excel.

Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in 2012, with a record-setting 22 Olympic medals.

Karina Smirnoff

This “Dancing with the Stars” performer and professional dancer went public with her ADHD diagnosis in 2009. In an interview with “ABC News,” Smirnoff said she had lived her entire life full of energy and always hyper, but it wasn’t until 2007 that she got a diagnosis. Smirnoff is able to channel much of her energy into her dancing.

Howie Mandel

This game show host and stand-up comedian is known for his vivacious personality as well as for his disorders. Mandel has both ADHD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He grew up with these disorders during a time when they weren’t officially diagnosed or understood.

Today, the “Deal or No Deal” host takes medication and attends therapy to help him deal with the disorders.

Ty Pennington

This home improvement guru was always full of energy as a child. Pennington was hyperactive, and he was a distraction to other children in the classroom. Doctors weren’t sure how to treat his behavioral problems at first.

Pennington told the Huffington Post in an interview that doctors gave him antihistamines to make him drowsy. He’s taken medicine from time to time, and he still sees a psychiatrist. Pennington channels the symptoms of his ADHD into his career and his hobbies.

More Celebs with ADD/ADHD

The actress and singer Zooey Deschanel revealed she had ADHD on her blog, Hello Giggles

Justin Timberlake, the multi-faceted singer and actor, revealed in an interview with Collider.com that he has both OCD and ADD.

The hotel heiress and socialite Paris Hilton revealed that she was diagnosed with ADHD as a child in an interview with Larry King.

It’s Just a Diagnosis

These celebrities are proof that a medical disorder doesn’t have to be an excuse for not living a full, happy life. The key to managing the signs and symptoms of ADHD is finding a treatment plan that works and sticking with it. These well-known figures and many other less-famous folks have found a way to thrive with ADHD.

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