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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is related to problems of paying attention, excessive activity, or difficulty controlling behavior which is not appropriate for the age group.

In children, problems paying attention may result in poor school performance. Although it causes impairment, particularly in modern society, many children with ADHD have a good attention span for tasks they find interesting.

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even after being facing problems of ADHD, there are many who used condition as a stepping stone for their career growth in different fields.

Following are few of them.

1. Michael Phelps

Swimmer Michael Phelp’s ADHD Helped him make Olympic history, he is an American former competitive swimmer,  he has won 28 medals on Olympics out of which 23 are gold.


When Phelps was in the sixth grade, he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

It was extremely difficult journey for him, at time he was helpless and had struggled with alcohol abuse, he was arrested two times for driving under influence of alcohol.

In his autobiography, Beneath the Surface, he has openly talked about his battle with attention deficit disorder, the trauma of his parents divorce, and the challenges.

2. Simone Biles

Simone is American gymnast and gold medalist in Olympics, she has openly talked about having an ADHD.

Simone suffered a lot since her childhood, as her father abandoned his family, struggled with addictions, and was never present in her life.  Her mother also had addition of drug and alcohol, and was unable to take care of her and children.

Simone Biles

Simone spent all her secondary education as a homeschooler . She first tried gymnastics at 6 years old as part of a day-care field trip, and began training with coach at age 8.

In her autobiography Courage to Soar , she talk about her GOD given talent, passion, and perseverance which made her one of the top gymnasts in the world, as well as a four-time winner of Olympic gold.

Watch video about her  Medical Info on ADHD Diagnosis

3. Alejandro González Iñárritu

Oscar winner film director Alejandro suffered an ADHD as a child and he was often referred as annoying kid in his childhood.

But he openly accepts about his condition, in one of the interviews he said, “I was a bad student, I had ADHD, the problem was that back then, it wasn’t called that, It was called being an annoying kid.’”

4. Richard Branson

Richard Branson is one of the most admired businessman of our days,  and he  has ADHD, he was born in  London and was shown to have 3.9% South Asian (Indian) DNA, likely through intermarriage.

Richard Branson

Branson has dyslexia and had poor academic performance; on his last day at school, his headmaster told him he would either end up in prison or become a millionaire.

Branson’s parents were supportive of his endeavours from an early age, his mother was an entrepreneur.

Watch him talking at TED talks about his  Dyslexic / ADHD / ADD

5. Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum is an American actor and dancer; he talks openly about how he suffered during his school time because of his ADHD.

Channing Tatum

He dealt with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and dyslexia while growing up, which affected his ability to do well in school.

6. Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis is an American actress, best known for her role as Colonel Joan Burton in Lifetime television series Army Wives (2007–2013).

She grew up with ADHD, she has one daughter and she is also diagnosed with ADHD.

She has a favorite phrase for ADHD “different, not defective.”

Watch her talking about her and her daughters ADHD


William Adams,  is known as, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, actor, musician, DJ, record producer and philanthropist. In April 2013, his hip-hop group has won eight Grammy awards.

Will i am

He stated that he has ADHD,  according to him, having ADHD is a big factor.

As per him, the thing he learned about ADHD is that it’s hard to keep your attention, and you can’t sit still and you’re always moving and thinking about a whole bunch of things. But those traits work well for him in studios and in meetings about creative ideas.

For him ADHD and Music complements each other, he says “music keep my attention disorder in order and ADHD Fuels Creativity”

8. David Neeleman

David is a Brazilian American entrepreneur who has founded four commercial airlines, Morris Air, Westjet, JetBlue Airways and Azul Brazilian Airlines.

He credits his success, and creation of JetBlue, with his ADHD saying that, with the disorder comes creativity and the ability to think outside the box.

He says “If someone told me you could be normal or you could continue to have your ADHD, I would take ADHD”

As per him, With the disorganization and inability to focus, and all the other bad things that come with ADHD, there also come creativity and the ability to take risk.


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