The music and film industry is littered with talented people who haven’t always had it easy, who’ve had to struggle to get the fame and acclaim they've always envisioned. But while some setbacks may be physical or social, a large proportion of today’s celebrities suffer from a wide range of psychological disorders which are often kept under wraps- from depression and mania to OCD and ADHD. Whilst some celebrities appear to be thriving on the outside with luxurious mansions, awesome cars and multi-million dollar movie deals, there may often be underlying issues such as ADHD which can help to shed light on both their public and private behavior.
The symptoms associated with ADHD include the inability to concentrate for long periods of time and a lively, emotive disposition, along with other signs such as restlessness. Left unchecked these traits can wreak havoc in a person’s life, but the celebrities in this list have managed to turn their ADHD to their advantage, channeling excessive energy into pursuits as diverse as music, TV and fashion.
10 Ryan Gosling
9 Solange Knowles
8 Justin Timberlake
7 Adam Levine
6 Michelle Rodriguez
Playing strong female roles in films such as Girlfight, Resident Evil and Fast & The Furious, Michelle Rodriguez has always aspired to be an actress in spite of her long-diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder. Her main difficulties are with concentrating and maintaining focus on one task, leading her to believe that her vision to become a director is out of reach- she says, "It's not easy with ADD, I have a hard time focusing when I'm alone." Michelle is very wary of taking any kind of medication to help manage the symptoms of ADD, saying she doesn't feel comfortable being so dependent on a drug to control her behavior.
5 Michael Phelps
4 Paris Hilton
3 William Adams AKA Will.i.am
2 Bex Taylor-Klaus
1 Channing Tatum
Best known for action and comedy films like 21 Jump Street and Foxcatcher, Channing Tatum has a great acting talent which has served him well in life- but it didn't start out so great for him. He was diagnosed with both dyslexia and ADHD as a child, but Channing felt like he was held back even further because the school he attended put him "in classes with kids with autism and Down Syndrome". He says that he’s never been the sharpest tool in the box, and has always had to "negotiate the world physically"- everything from rough and tumble sports in high school to stripping off in college!
Sources: contently.com, bet.com, additudemag.com, everydayhealth.com, usmagazine.com
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