People who have Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D) have a very difficult time staying on task, procrastinate and have a tough time paying attention. Children with A.D.D. generally have difficulty in school and with learning. Although it is extremely difficult for a child to cope with his/her symptoms of A.D.D, there are many things that can be done in order to help them. On the other hand, it may be a little harder for adults who suffer with the disorder. Adults who suffer from A.D.D. may forget appointments, make careless mistakes and get distracted easily. Often, this can lead to depression, anxiety and obsessive behaviour. It’s quite common for people who have A.D.D. to also have varying levels of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (O.C.D). Just like anyone else, some of the most famous and recognizable celebrities also have A.D.D. Learning how to deal with their A.D.D. has possibly been a part of the reason they’re successful. Here is a look at 10 of the most famous celebrities who have A.D.D.
10) Russell Brand
Russell Brand is one of the hottest rising comedians and actors in Hollywood. He started his career as a stand up comic and is known to be very controversial and opinionated. He also enjoys alcohol, drugs and promiscuity, which he works into his stand up. He’s had a very successful transition into film, appearing in popular movies such as, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek and voiced Dr. Nefario in Despicable Me. He’s been diagnosed with both A.D.H.D. and bipolar disorder, which he has struggled with the majority of his life. Brand has also dealt with pretty severe depression, bulimia and went through a phase of self-harming. He certainly deserves a lot of credit.
9) Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton is the socialite of all socialites. She is the great grand-daughter of Conrad Hilton, who is the founder of Hilton Hotels. She starred in the reality series, The Simple Life with Nicole Richie and made her film debut in House of Wax in 2005. In 2006, she transitioned into music and released her debut album, Paris. Recently, she has embarked on a career as a DJ and tours all over the world. Although, she is probably most infamously known for her sex tape, One Night In Paris. She was diagnosed with A.D.D. as a child and was prescribed Adderall to help her deal with it. She spent a year in a high school for troubled teens before returning to Dwight High school, where she dropped out in her junior year. Later she received her G.E.D.
8) Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum has openly discussed his A.D.D. and dyslexia. He has struggled with both since his childhood. He started his career as a model for ad campaigns such as Armani, Nautica and American Eagle Outfitters. He has appeared in a series of romantic films such as, Step Up, Dear John and The Vow. Although, the young actor has also found roles in successful other genres with films such as, Fighting, The G.I Joe Series and 21 Jump Street. He was also in the film, Magic Mike, which reflected his time as a male stripper.
7) Eliza Dushku
As a child, Eliza Dushku appeared in many films including That Night, This Boy’s Life and True Lies. As an adult, she rose to fame appearing as Faith in the hit series Buffy the Vampire slayer and in the spin-off, Angel. She has also been in films like, Bring It On, City By the Sea and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. She is very open and honest about her struggles with A.D.D., which she has admitted to be dealing with since childhood.
6) Howie Mandel
On an impulse, famous Canadian comedian Howie Mandel revealed during an interview that he had A.D.D., A.D.H.D and O.C.D. Apparently, he immediately regretted revealing that to the world, until he realized that many people could relate and also suffer from the same issues. As a teenager, he was expelled from high school after impersonating a member of the school board and approving additions to the school. He then broke into stand up comedy in Toronto and would become one of the biggest stand up comics in the 80’s. He rose to fame as Dr. Wayne Fiscus in 1982, on the hit series St. Elsewhere. He also created and voiced the main character in the animated series Bobby’s World and voiced Gizmo in Gremlins. During a time when he was considering quitting showbiz, he was offered the role of host on the game show, Deal or No Deal which has gone on the become an international success. He is now a judge on America’s Got Talent. He has appeared on shows like Live With Regis and Kelly to discuss his A.D.D. and his efforts to bring more awareness to it.
5) Avril Lavigne
Famous singer-songwriter, Avril Lavigne has struggled with A.D.H.D since she was a child. In school, she was kicked out of her classes several times for disturbing others and for misbehaving. Despite this, her parents where very supportive of her talents. At the young age of 15, Avril won a contest and she sang on stage with Shania Twain. She released her first album, Let Go at 17 and that would be her big breakthrough. She has had several hit singles including; Complicated, My Happy Ending and Girlfriend. She continues to be one of the best selling female artists of all time.
4) Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake does not hide from that fact that he has A.D.H.D. and suffers from O.C.D. He struggled with both throughout his life. As a child, he made an appearance on Star Search and was a member of the Mickey Mouse Club. He rose to fame as one of the vocalists in the boy bad ‘N SYNC. The group was massively successful but eventually, Timberlake decided to go solo. He’s had several hit singles including, Cry Me A River, Sexy Back, Suit & Tie and Mirrors. He’s also had a successful film career appearing in Alpha Dogs, The Social Network, Bad Teacher and Friends With Benefits.
3) Ozzy and Jack Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne is an iconic musician and personality. He is considered to be the Godfather of Heavy Metal. He rose to fame as the front man for the highly influential Black Sabbath, who are considered to be pioneers in heavy metal. He then embarked on a very successful solo career and has released 11 solo albums. Ozzy and his family starred in the extremely successful reality series, MTV’s The Osbournes. The series ran from March 5, 2002 to March 21, 2005 and won an Emmy at the 2002 Prime Time Emmy Awards. As a child, Ozzy struggled in school and suffered from both dyslexia and A.D.D. He dropped out of school at 15 and held several jobs, including plumber and slaughterhouse worker. Some medical experts believe that A.D.D. might be hereditary. Ozzy’s son, Jack Osbourne also suffers from dyslexia and A.D.D. He had a very difficult time in school and was put into the special education program. He was prescribed Ritalin to help him deal with the A.D.D.
2) Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler has appeared in films like Empire Records, Jersey Girl and Armageddon. She received critical acclaim for her role in Stealing Beauty and is widely recognized for her role as Elf Arwen in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Her mother is former Playboy playmate, Bebe Buell and her father is Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler. She struggled with A.D.D. as a child and moved from school to school. After researching schools, her mother sent her to a school in New York City that specifically dealt with children who have A.D.D.
1) Jim Carrey
Surely, not too many people are surprised that the highly energetic comedian, Jim Carrey has A.D.H.D. In the early part of his career, he had so much energy that he was bouncing off of walls…literally. He has openly discussed having A.D.H.D. and he has also struggled with depression. As a child, his family was extremely poor, going as far as living out of a van. He was forced to drop out of school at 15 and take a job as a janitor to help his family financially. During that time, he attempted stand up comedy but bombed very badly and began to have doubts about his talent. He returned years later, once his family life was more stable and would become one of the best known stand up comics in Toronto. His big breakthrough came when he was cast on the hit sketch comedy series, In Living Color. This led to roles in massively successful films such as; Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber. He won two Golden Globe Awards for his roles in The Truman Show and Man On the Moon. He has also appeared in more serious films such as, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Apartment 23. Jim Carry is considered one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.