A diagnosis of ADHD can be challenging for anyone at any age but it can always help to know you’re not alone. And high-profile celebrities and personalities have a way of being relatable when they share their own experiences with something like ADHD from rumors about Leonardo Da Vinci to professional athletes like Michael Jordan.
For example, Michael Phelps, who has won 28 Olympic gold medals and accomplished more than any other swimmer (and even Olympian) in history, has candidly shared what it was like for him to manage ADHD and the ways he optimized it in his life - especially through therapy. He pushed through any perceived limitations to prove any doubters wrong.
Howie Mandel, who is recently known for his time on “America’s Got Talent,” says his childhood was sometimes plagued by criticism or disdain but found solace when he came forward with his own diagnosis and added a discussion around OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).
For Adam Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5 and former coach of The Voice, ADHD is not only something he’s comfortable sharing, but he’s embraced it as something that adds a kind of superpower. In ADDitude magazine, Levine credited ADHD with part of the reason he’s a fountain of song ideas and musical inspiration. He admits there’s a conscious need to manage ADHD but isn’t afraid of a future with it.
Wrapping up with another Olympian, Simone Biles courageously shared her struggle with mental health and an ADHD diagnosis in light of the recent Olympics and her decision to withdraw from certain events. She wants both children and adults to know that anyone with ADHD can live a happy, fulfilled, and productive life.
Wise words for anyone who might wonder what lies ahead. And ultimately a reminder that others out there - whether celebrities or people in the community - are there to talk, listen, and share their experiences.
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