Taking the bull by the horns: How ADHD helped these celebrities become what they are

Taking the bull by the horns: How ADHD helped these celebrities become what they are

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 11 percent American children, aged between four and 17 years, are diagnosed with the disorder at some point in their lives.

Findings of prior researches indicate that symptoms of ADHD manifested in children may well continue till adulthood. Therefore, it is not surprising to hear celebrities coming out in the open and discussing their struggles with the disorder.

Let us look at certain celebs who were detected with the disorder during childhood, but gradually learned to manage their signs all through to adulthood.

Simone Biles: A recent tweet by American gymnast Simone Biles, who won five medals including four golds at the 2016 Rio Olympics, revealed that she had been taking medications for ADHD. Biles informed that she had the disorder since she was a child. “Having ADHD and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of nothing that I’m afraid to let people know,” Biles wrote. The tweet from the most decorated American gymnast came after leaked confidential World Anti-Doping Agency records pinpointed that she had tested positive for ADHD medication Ritalin. Later, a statement by the USA Gymnastics said that Biles had been permitted to take the medication conforming to the rules of the game, thus, indicating that there had been no violation of anti-doping practices.

Michael Phelps: The American swimmer, who ended his Rio de Janeiro Olympics campaign as the most decorated Olympian in the history of the Games, was diagnosed with ADHD when he was a child. In 1992, Phelps was encouraged to learn swimming to him an outlet for his immense energy level. His gradual development into a world-class swimmer saw him break all records while creating a new tally of 23 Olympic titles and 28 Games medals overall. While ADHD problems disallowed him to concentrate, his mother encouraged him to swim, which in turn enabled him develop concentration power and improve his self-discipline.

Justin Timberlake: While revealing about his ADHD problems, the Grammy Award winning singer had said that he suffered from attention deficit disorder (ADD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). “I have OCD mixed with ADD. You try living with that. It’s complicated,” Justin was quoted by Collider.com as saying, as he referred to ADHD as ADD (as the disorder was known earlier). As per figures put forward by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), OCD, characterized by upsetting thoughts referred to as obsessions and repetitive tendencies of doing the same work called compulsions, affects nearly 2.2 million American adults. An estimated 30-70 percent children diagnosed with ADHD during childhood exhibit signs of the disorder after becoming adults.

William Adams: The famous American rapper, famous as will.i.am, attributes his success to his ADHD symptoms which had been diagnosed in his childhood. Elucidating on how his restlessness adds to his creative streak, the famous rapper told Britain’s Sunday Mirror, “Those traits work well for me in studios and in meetings about creative ideas. If I was stuck at a different job I’d be horrible and wouldn’t survive. Music is my therapy. Music keeps me sane and keeps my mind on something. It’s fragile up there.”

Recovery road map

Some mental disorders, including ADHD, are curable and need only timely intervention along with a cooperative environment for complete recovery. Certain treatment procedures are customized in accordance with the gravity of the mental disorder of the patient.

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