Do You Know These 10 Famous People With ADHD?

Many athletes, musicians, actors, comedians and TV personalities have all been open about having ADHD. Here are 3 reasons why this is helpful.

1) Promotes ADHD Awareness

When a person is in the media spotlight, they are in a unique position to spread awareness about ADHD. Some famous people have participated in formal awareness campaigns, like  Adam Levine and Howie Mandel. Others are happy to talk about their ADHD symptoms on talk shows, podcasts or in print media.

Increased awareness helps to debunk myths about the ADHD, for example that only children can have ADHD or that only males can have it.  ADHD is a complex and misunderstood health condition and by talking about their personal experience, celebrities  help to increase the public's knowledge. In addition, people living with undiagnosed ADHD might be  prompted to seek help.

2)  Reduces Stigma

ADHD is a neuro-developmental disorder, and like other mental health conditions there can be a stigma attached to it.  By being open and honest about their condition, famous people help to reduce this stigma and normalize it.  This in turn helps  individuals living with ADHD to embrace their ADHD rather than feel ashamed, embarrassed or guilty about it. 

3) Provides Hope

It can be a lonely and isolating experience having ADHD.  Just knowing that there are other people in the world (even ones you have not met in person) who have the condition too provides hope.

  It can be particularly helpful to children with ADHD to know that someone they admire has experienced the same struggles as they do. You might not want to be a popstar, but seeing people with ADHD achieve success, is inspirational as it means you can succeed in your chosen field too.

Did You Know These Famous People Have ADHD?


1. Ryan Gosling

Famous actor Ryan Gosling was diagnosed with ADHD as a child. He was prescribed Ritalin from an early age and went to school with a group of special-needs students. His mother decided it would be best to homeschool him for an entire year because of ADHD. 


Black Eyed Peas singer, songwriter producer and 7-time Grammy winner has ADHD. credits music as helping him manage ADHD symptoms.

3. Glenn Beck

This famous American media personality jokes about his condition, claiming that it resulted in his success. He takes medication to help manage symptoms. 

4. Jim Carrey

ADHD hasn't stopped this famous actor from shining on the big screen. He says that he has been struggling with it since childhood and has been very open about the condition all his life.

5. Adam Levine

Musician Adam Levine from Maroon 5, was diagnosed with ADHD in his early teenage years. Adam helps raise awareness for ADHD in a campaign called  ‘Own it’ with  CHADD, (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association) and Shire. The campaign focuses on the fact that ADHD symptoms can continue into adulthood and encourages people to reach out for help rather than struggle alone.

6. Howie Mandel 

Perhaps best known for his role in the popular game show Deal or No Deal, Howie Mandel openly talks about his struggles with ADHD.  Mandel is also involved in a public service campaign, Adult ADHD is Real. Its aim is to help people understand that ADHD is real and that it is treatable.

7. Michael Phelps

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals, including 23 gold medals. His mother, Debbie Phelps, played a crucial role in helping Michael with his ADHD challenges during his childhood. 

8..Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton revealed that she struggles with ADHD during an interview with Larry King.

She has been taking medicine for it since she was a child. 

9. Jamie Oliver 

The British celebrity chef has talked about having ADHD and dyslexia. He encourages children to eat a diet of whole foods rather than fatty processed food with additives for overall health and to help ADHD symptoms.

10.Richard Branson 

Billionaire Richard Branson has ADHD and dyslexia. This entrepreneur has used classic ADHD traits, such as thinking outside the box and creative thinking characteristics to his advantage and has created many successful businesses.



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