I grew up with Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADHD) and I was an absolute nightmare for my teachers. I was finally diagnosed and given a Ritalin prescription in grade 11. Unfortunately, my stepmom found the Ritalin, took it away, and lost her mind on my Family Doctor for granting me the pills without parental permission (even though I was over 16…). This forced me to come up with alternative solutions to managing the symptoms. Such as; keeping the notifications on my phone off, blocking out times to focus, meditation walks, and keeping lists.
These strategies that I devised help me to focus so that I can maintain efficient productivity levels. I am not alone in this. In fact:
Here is a list of 10 famous people who have thrived with ADHD
1) Emma Watson
She’s not just a feminist, actress, and “Harry Potter” star. Emma was also diagnosed with ADHD as a young child and was medicated throughout the filming of Harry Potter.
2) Michael Phelps
Michael was diagnosed with ADHD at age 9. He hated reading so his mom put him in swimming and made him practice reading the sports pages of the newspaper. He went on to become the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals.
3) Justin Timberlake
This sexy Actor/Grammy-winning singer/former boy band star said in an interview that he has “ADD mixed with OCD” in an interview with Collider.com and he did pretty good for himself I’d say.
4) Simone Biles
U.S. Olympic champion Simone Biles announced that she has ADHD after Russian Hackers leaked her World Anti-Doping Agency records that showed traces of her ADHD medication, Ritalin, after she won Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. #Haters
She said “Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of, nothing that I’m afraid to let people know.”
5) Howie Mandel
Howie is infamous for his OCD- which is even part of his comedy- but he is also diagnosed with ADHD. He became a spokesman for the Adult ADHD is Real campaign.
6) Zooey Deschanel
Zooey slayed on her TV Series New Girl, and was hilarious in Elf. She took to her blog “Hello Giggles” to reveal that she has ADHD.
7) Tim Ferriss
This business guru and investor in Twitter and Facebook discussed his ADHD & Bipolar diagnosis in his recent Ted Talk.
8) Paris Hilton
Paris admitted to Larry King that she has ADHD and takes medication for the disorder. The heiress and TV personality says she’s had it since she was 12. She told CNN’s Larry King, “It’s something I’ve dealt with my whole life.”
9) Adam Levine
Adam has thrived as a singer, songwriter, and judge on The Voice. Levine is quoted saying, “My doctor diagnosed me with ADHD in my early teens. What was really helpful to me was learning that this was a real medical condition – I had ADHD. The diagnosis helped explain the challenges I was having in school, including my difficulty focusing, sitting down and getting my school work done.”
Will.i.am states that to him, music serves as an ADHD therapy, helping him control his thoughts, as well as maintaining mental focus.
This post was created with the help of Grammarly.