Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioral disorder. It’s most often diagnosed in childhood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 9.5 percent of American children ages 4 to 17 have ADHD.
However, more than half of children with ADHD continue to experience the symptoms of the disorder as adults. Today, about 8 million adults suffer from adult ADHD. Many of these adults go on to lead successful lives with healthy careers. Some even become famous.
The 28-year-old retired 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.
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.
The energetic and upbeat former host of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition said he was “uncontrollable” as a child unless he had a crayon and piece of paper in hand. Pennington, 49, earned poor marks throughout high school and college, until he was diagnosed with ADHD as an undergrad.
The Deal or No Deal host is calm and collected during his super-hyped game show, but ADHD made him impulsive and unfocused well into adulthood, when he finally got a formal diagnosis.
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, 69, initially flunked out of college.
Playing pint-size Peter on the original Brady Bunch television series, Knight, 56, had a hard time learning his lines. Finally, in 1997, he was diagnosed with ADHD. He sought treatment to help manage his condition and served as a spokesperson for the National Consumer League’s AD/HD campaign.
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, 42, claims that constantly feeling restless contributed to her drive on ice.