ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a condition that can present itself in many ways. Symptoms can include having a short or poor attention span, being forgetful, being unable to sit still, fidgeting and making impulsive decisions. It can often lead to procrastination, even when you seriously want to get things done. People with ADHD are often mischaracterised as ‘lazy’, but more often than not, they are trying very hard!
You can read more about ADHD here.
At Fuzzable we’re keen to celebrate our differences and highlight what makes us unique – everyone navigates life at their own pace and in their own way. That is why we have compiled a list of celebrities and famous figures who have accomplished amazing things who have been diagnosed with ADHD.
It just goes to show that no matter what difficulties you face, you are capable of achieving greatness!
An actress well known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie franchise, and more recently for her role as Belle in the remake of Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson is a feminist icon. She has graduated from an Ivy League university and served as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, pushing for gender equality. Emma Watson goes to show that there really is no reason to let your ADHD hold you back.
Founder of the Black Eyed Peas and renowned producer will.i.am has found a way to channel his ADHD into creativity. He says,
My ADHD makes it hard for me to focus on any one thing and to sit still. I’m always moving and thinking about a whole bunch of things. But those traits work well for me when I’m in the studio or coming up with creative ideas for songs or lyrics.
It’s certainly worked well for him as he is an incredibly successful artist with multiple Grammy awards under his belt!
Jim Carrey is no doubt one of the most celebrated actors and comedians there has ever been. He says he was diagnosed with ADHD and child as he would disrupt lessons and struggle to stay quiet. Luckily for us audiences, Carrey was able to channel his high energy into creativity and has given the world some hilariously outlandish performances in movies such as The Mask and Ace Ventura.
Celebrated gymnast and four times Olympic gold medal winner Simone Biles has a unique story. Hackers revealed a list of athletes taking ‘banned substances’ and listed Biles amongst them for taking the ADHD medication Ritalin. However the governing body USA Gymnastics stated that this was known to them as Simone Biles had filed the appropriate paperwork and they confirmed that Ritalin did not give her any type of unfair advantage. Following this, Biles came forward and proudly said
Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of nothing that I’m afraid to let people know.
Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling struggled with ADHD as a child and had trouble reading. He was prescribed medication for the disorder and his mother quit her job in order to home-school him and create a more ADHD-friendly learning environment for him. It hasn’t held him back as the time away from public schooling helped him realise his love for acting and creativity, which has eventually led to a successful career in Hollywood.
The lead singer of Maroon 5, Adam Levine was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age. He said
I struggled with ADHD throughout my life. It was hard for me to sit down, focus, and get schoolwork done. My parents were patient and helped me, along with my doctor, to move forward with a treatment plan that worked.
As he got older, he received less help for his disorder which began to impact his career. Upon going back to the doctor, he was told ADHD doesn’t go away. He was able to get help as an adult and now is an advocate for ADHD awareness, making sure those with ADHD know that they aren’t alone and they aren’t any less capable for having the disorder.
ADHD and it’s symptoms can be difficult to manage but celebrities with ADHD show us that when the disorder is properly recognised, treated and managed, those symptoms can become something which help drive us. Symptoms and patterns can be channelled into positivity. Your ADHD doesn’t have to hold you back!
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