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(ADHD) Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.
People may experience:
Behavioral: aggression, excitability, fidgeting, hyperactivity, impulsivity, irritability, lack of restraint, or persistent repetition of words or actions
Cognitive: absent-mindedness, difficulty focusing, forgetfulness, problem paying attention, or short attention span
Mood: anger, anxiety, boredom, excitement, or mood swings
Also common: depression or learning disability
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a treatable, neurobehavioral disorder found in kids, teens, and adults.
Though I don’t suffer from attention deficit myself, I have seen how it disrupts the life of people who suffer from it. But there are treatments available which should be availed as it makes a great difference in the progress.
Most of the kids who suffer from it also suffer from learning disabilities too. The ADD or ADHD both leave the person affected by it with a lack of concentration on the topic at hand. The attention deficit also may produce aggressive behavior, lack of ability to fit in with the rest of the group and inability to follow directions.
Since this condition is usually first diagnosed in young children of school going age, special care needs to be taken to make the learning and school experience easy for them. There are medications available which lessen the impact on this on the child and with help of counseling, they mostly overcome this impediment towards learning.
Many famous people have been known to suffer from ADD and ADHD and have successful career and lives.
1. Britney Spears
The iconic pop star Britney Spears went public with her ADHD in 2012 while she was performing as a judge on “The X Factor.”
Spears, who was diagnosed with the condition as a child, needed to take regular breaks during filming to manage her symptoms.
2. Michael Jordan
Perhaps the most accomplished athlete in basketball history, Michael Jordan is known to deal with issues of ADHD.
In retirement, Jordan shifted his high-level energy to a myriad of business investments beyond just the millions of sneakers that bear his name.
3. Zooey Deschanel
Star of the hit show “New Girl,” Zooey Deschanelrevealed her ADHD diagnosis on her blog and said she turned to crafting to help her focus.
Along with her acting career, Deschanel uses her extra energy and creativity to tour and perform with her band, She & Him.
4. Michael Phelps
One way to manage symptoms of ADHD is to win more Olympic gold medals than anyone else in the history of the modern games, like swimmer Michael Phelps.
5. Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler, perhaps most well-known as the daughter to Aerosmith front-man Steve Tyler, but an accomplished actress in her own right, uses meditation to cope with the symptoms of her ADHD.
6. Justin Timberlake
Another pop icon, Justin Timberlake, who got his start on as a child on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” suffers from both OCD and ADHD.
7. John F. Kennedy
Revered President John F. Kennedy famously had difficulty with concentration and reading during his school years.
Though the term attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder wasn’t included in the third edition Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-III) until the 1980s, historians believe JFK would have been diagnosed with both ADHD and dyslexia.
8. Albert Einstein
Developing the theory of relativity isn’t something a person with difficulty concentrating would normally do, but Albert Einstein who was notoriously distracted did just that.
Along with ADHD, some scholars believe Einstein also suffered from Asperger’s syndrome.
9. Bill Gates
– With an estimated net worth of $92 billion and the creator and founder of Microsoft, Bill Gateshas admitted that he’s struggled with ADHD, saying that he always had trouble learning things.
( Source; InspireMalibu )
There is also a theory the people suffering from these disorders have unusual thinking patterns and are highly creative and imaginative.
With meditation, occupational therapy and conventional therapy these people can and do grow up to be exceptional adults with successful careers.
The aim to write this post was to provide some information regarding these conditions.
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