11 Celebrities with ADHD

by Arden Izzo
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ADHD and ADD can affect people from all walks of life. It is not a condition that discriminates based on age, race, or socioeconomic status.  In honor of ADHD Awareness Month, here are 11 celebrities who have not let ADHD prevent them from achieving success.

1. Justin Timberlake

 “I have OCD mixed with ADD, you try living with that…If you’re a young person you’re being called weird or different, I’m here to tell you your critics do not count. Their words will fade. You won’t.” -Justin Timberlake, Singer-songwriter, actor and record producer. (source)

2. Jamie Oliver

“When I was having a bad time at school, I never let my confidence be destroyed because I knew I was going to be a chef.” – Jamie Oliver, Celebrity chef (Source)

3. Michael Phelps

 “I think the biggest thing for me, (was finding) that it was okay to talk to someone and seek help, I think that’s something that has changed my life forever. Now I’m able to live life to its fullest.” -Michael Phelps, Most decorated Olympian of all time (source)

4. Channing Tatum

“Not having early success on that one path messes with you. You get lumped in classes with kids with autism and Down syndrome, and you look around and say, ‘OK, so this is where I’m at.’ Or you get put in the typical classes and you say, ‘All right, I’m obviously not like these kids either.’ So you’re kind of nowhere. You’re just different. The system is broken … we should be able to help kids who struggle the way I did.” -Channing Tatum, Actor (source)

5. Glenn Beck

“I believe a lot of my ADD has led to my success. I’m riddled with ADD and in fact, when I first was diagnosed, (I asked the doctor) and he just laughed and he said, are you kidding me? Ask the people you work with.” -Glenn Beck, Conservative TV and radio personality (Source)


6. Howie Mandel

“I didn’t let ADHD prevent me from achieving my goals and neither should anyone else.” -Howie Mandell, Host of Deal or No Deal (Source)

7. Whoopi Goldberg

She may be a comedy queen but when it comes to learning disabilities, Whoopi believes it is no laughing matter. When asked about her ADHD and dyslexia she said: “It’s like in the early days when little girls complained about having cramps. It took … years for people to understand that menstrual cramps are a real thing, that PMS is a real chemical change in the body.” – Whoopi Goldberg, Academy Award-winning actress, author, and comedian (Source)

8. Adam Levine

 “ADHD isnt a bad thing and you shouldnt feel bad thing and you shouldnt feel different from those without ADHD.” – Adam Levine, Maroon 5 (Source)

9. Will.i.am

 “I Have ADHD; I admit it. I’ve got all these thoughts running around in my head at the same time as I’m doing other things. I can’t seem to stop or slow down. But the good news is, I know how to control it. For every obstacle there’s some type of solution. So if you have ADHD, it becomes your passion point to find ways to deal with it.” -Will.i.am, singer, songwriter (Source)

10. Jim Carrey

“My focus is to forget the pain of life. Forget the pain mock the pain reduce it. And laugh.” -Jim Carrey, Actor, comedian (Source)

11. Will Smith

“(In school) I was the fun one who had trouble paying attention. It was hard for me to read an entire book in two weeks. Today I buy a book and have someone read it for me on tape!” -Will Smith, Actor, producer, rapper (Source)

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