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.

Albert Einstein

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There are many people who suffer from Adhd. Among the people who have or had Adhd, there are many famous people including Albert Einstein. One of the celebrities who suffered from Adhd is Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein is an American physician, who was born in 1879 and died in 1955.

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