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Celebrities With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Michael Phelps

The 25-year-old Olympic swimming sensation is famous for his incredible focus in the pool, so it’s hard to believe he has struggled with ADHD since childhood. His teachers complained about his inability to sit still until, in fifth grade, the Phelps’ family physician formally diagnosed him with ADHD. At age 9, Phelps went on Ritalin; his mother, Debbie, later recalled in the New York Times that it seemed to help his hyperactivity. After two years on medication, however, Phelps said he felt stigmatized (each day at lunchtime he had to visit the school nurse to get his medicine) and asked to be taken off the drug. After consulting with his doctor, Debbie agreed to let him be med free.

Instead, Phelps used swimming to help him find focus. In fact, many children with ADHD benefit from competitive sports. “I’m just different in the water,” Phelps toldSports Illustrated. “I just feel at home in it.” (Related story: Could Phelps’ marijuana incident be linked to ADHD?)

Cammi Granato

She helped lead her team to gold as the captain of the U.S. women’s ice hockey team at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan—and she credits her ADHD with helping her get that far. Granato, 39, claims that constantly feeling restless contributed to her drive on ice.

ADHD makes everyday tasks such as paying bills more difficult for Granato, but the energy and creativity associated with the disorder have helped in her sport. “It’s affected me in positive and negative ways,” Granato told theSt. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2005. “It’s really my worst and best qualities wrapped in one.”

Solange Knowles

The soulful songstress says she’s always been full of energy, and claims that sometimes her sporadic speech and effervescence led people to believe she was on drugs. The real culprit? ADHD.

Knowles, whose older sister is the popular singer and actress Beyoncé, said she was diagnosed with the disorder twice before she believed it. “I didn’t believe the first doctor who told me,” she has said. “I guess I was in denial.”

Traditionally, ADHD was thought to be a male-oriented disease, and men were once believed to account for the vast majority of cases. But recent research has begun to focus on how the disorder affects females, so that ADHD may be identified earlier in women’s lives.

James Carville

The political pundit and consultant is widely credited with helping Bill Clinton win the 1992 presidential election, but he wasn’t always so focused. In fact, Carville, 66, initially flunked out of college.

He later went back to earn his bachelor’s degree before going on to graduate from law school. Carville has said that he found his razor-sharp focus for politics because of its fast-paced and ever-changing nature. In 2007, Carville was a featured guest at the CHADD (Children and Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 20th Anniversary Hall of Fame Conference.

Celebrities With Austisme or Asperger’s Syndrome

“ Diagnosed with autism as a child, diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome as an adult ” – johanna-khristina
Image of Daryl Hannah
Actress, Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Daryl graduated from the University of Southern California School of Theatre. Daryl practiced ballet with Maria Tallchiefand studied drama at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. In her twenties, she played keyboard and sang backup for Jackson Browne. This tall (5′ 10″) blond beauty, with the haunting blue-green eyes…
“ Was diagnosed as “borderline autistic” as a child (meaning “almost autistic”; has nothing to do with borderline personality disorder) ” – johanna-khristina
Image of Courtney Love
3.
Courtney Love

The daughter of The Grateful Dead devotee and first managerHank Harrison and psychotherapist Linda Caroll, Courtney Love was born Courtney Michelle Harrison in San Francisco, California in 1964. Love spent her early years living in hippie communes in Oregon and at schools in Europe and New Zealand, under the care of her mother and other family members…
“ Was diagnosed as “mildly autistic” as a child ” – johanna-khristina
Image of David Byrne
4.
David Byrne

Soundtrack, Wall Street
“ Unsure if he’s diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, but he claims to be experiencing symptoms of Asperger ” – johanna-khristina
Image of Tim Burton
5.
Tim Burton

Tim Burton was raised in Burbank, California. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price). When he was in the ninth grade, his artistic talent was recognized by a local garbage company when he won a prize for an anti-litter poster he designed…
“ Is suspected to have Asperger’s syndrome, but this is not confirmed. His partner Helena Bonham Carter has called him “possibly autistic” ” – johanna-khristina
Image of Bob Dylan
6.
Bob Dylan

Soundtrack, Forrest Gump
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota; his father Abe worked for the Standard Oil Co. Six years later the family moved to Hibbing, often the coldest place in the US, where he taught himself piano and guitar and formed several high school rock bands. In 1959 he entered the University of Minnesota and began performing as Bob Dylan at clubs in Minneapolis and St…
“ Is suspected to have Asperger’s syndrome, but this is not confirmed ” – johanna-khristina
Image of Bill Gates
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Bill Gates

Born William Henry III is an American entrepreneur, business mogul, investor, philanthropist, and widely known as one of the most richest and influential people in the world. William Henry III was born to attorney, William Henry II and teacher, Mary Maxwell Gates in Seattle, Washington, USA. Bill Gates as a child was very competitive…
“ Is suspected to have Asperger’s syndrome, but this is not confirmed ” – johanna-khristina
Image of Andy Warhol
8.
Andy Warhol

Director, Chelsea Girls
Andrew Warhola was born on 6 August 1928 in Forest City, Pennsylvania, USA, a small town northeast of Scranton. His father, Ondrej, came from the Austria-Hungary Empire (now Slovakia) in 1912, and sent for his mother, Julia Zavacky Warhola, in 1921. His father worked as a construction worker and later as a coal miner…
“ Is suspected to have had autism or Asperger’s syndrome, but this is not confirmed ” – johanna-khristina
Image of Woody Allen
9.
Woody Allen

Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born on December 1, 1935, as Allen Konigsberg, in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 15, he started selling one-liners to gossip columns. After working a while as a stand up comedian, he was hired to write What’s New Pussycatin 1965. He directed his first film a year later, What’s Up, Tiger Lily? in 1966.
“ Is suspected to have Asperger’s syndrome, but this is not confirmed ” – johanna-khristina
Image of Michael Jackson
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Michael Jackson

Soundtrack, This Is It
American superstar Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine (Scruse). Together they prodded their growing family’s musical interests at home…
“ Is suspected to have had Asperger’s syndrome, but this is not confirmed. ” – johanna-khristina

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