The Largest Online List of celebrities with ADHD: 40 and Counting!
ADD/ADHD does not have to stand in the way of having a productive or successful life. In fact, there are some very well known creative, innovative, and imaginative people who have the diagnosis. Below is a list of some of the famous individuals who have publicly confirmed their diagnosis of ADHD.
These individuals have NOT been treated by David W. Goodman, M.D.
American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has set and broken several world records.
Former American football quarterback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League.
Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies.
Glenn Lee Beck is a politically conservative American television and radio host, political commentator, author, television network producer, media personality, and entrepreneur.
James Eugene “Jim” Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, and producer. Carrey has received four Golden Globe Award nominations, winning two.
American political commentator and media personality who is a prominent figure in the Democratic Party. In 2007, Carville was a featured guest at the CHADD (Children and Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 20th Anniversary Hall of Fame Conference.
Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-prize winning former foreign correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers, who has also freelanced articles for publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Smithsonian. She is the author of five books, including Buzz, A Year of Paying Attention, a memoir about raising a son with ADHD after being diagnosed with it herself.
Buccaneers Quarterback – “Like millions of Americans, I have ADHD and I have been prescribed and permitted to take medication to treat this condition for the entirety of my NFL career.”
As a child, Ryan Gosling was reportedly unable to read and was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), prescribed Ritalin, and placed in a class for special-needs students.
She helped lead her team to gold as the captain of the U.S. women’s ice hockey team at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan—and she credits her ADHD with helping her get that far. Granato, 42, claims that constantly feeling restless contributed to her drive on ice.
Suspended for taking medication to treat Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and since failing the test, has been cleared by the league to take the medication.
Woody Harrelson became well known as the bartender on the show Cheers. He has been diagnosed with both dyslexia and ADHD. Some of Woody’s other movies include; Kingpin, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Anger Management, North County, and Indecent Proposal.
Mariette Hartley often discusses her diagnosis of ADHD and bipolar disorder. She hosted videos to help adults with ADHD deal with and manage the symptoms. She founded the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Mariette has won an Emmy for her role in “The Incredible Hulk.”
TED speaker Cameron Herold helped to grow three companies past the $100m mark. He explains why ADHD gives him the edge on MBA-types. “ADHD traits can be an ‘opportunity’ for entrepreneurs.”
Paris Whitney Hilton is an American socialite, businesswoman, and entertainer. She is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels.
Why did Kamen become so prolific as an inventor? As a child, he was dyslexic and ADHD. He credits his ADHD as the catalyst for so many inventions. He was obstinate in following his “own” path according to his brother, Mitch. His father, a cartoon artist (Tales from the Crypt and Weird Science), called him a “human irritant.” His teacher nicknamed him, “Dino the Relentless”.
Playing pint-size Peter on the original Brady Bunch television series, Knight, 56, had a hard time learning his lines. Finally, in 1997, he was diagnosed with ADHD. He sought treatment to help manage his condition and served as a spokesperson for the National Consumer League’s AD/HD campaign.
I was diagnosed with ADD twice. I didn’t believe the first doctor who told me and I had a whole theory that ADD was just something they invented to make you pay for medicine, but then the second doctor told me I had it.
Adam Kreek is a Canadian rower. Born in London, Ontario, he was a student at the University of Victoria where he met his wife Rebecca.
The day “The Bloggess,” was born, people felt they had a safe and relatable place to go on the Internet. Lawson’s entertaining charisma made her an online fan favorite. What her readers didn’t expect was that this jovial, self-effacing writer was also mentally ill. Lawson is diagnosed as a high-functioning depressive with OCD, ADD, and an anxiety disorder.
My doctor diagnosed me with ADHD in my early teens. What was really helpful to me was learning that this was a real medical condition – I had ADHD.
Comedian, actor, television host, and voice actor. Well known as host of the NBC game show Deal or No Deal.
Mother, activist and a six-time Tony Award–winning singer and actress. Audra Mcdonald made history when she won her sixth Tony Award for playing Billie Holiday. She was the only woman ever to earn that many Tony awards. In her acceptance speech, she thanked her parents for not medicating her when she was diagnosed with ADHD: “I want to thank my mom and dad up in heaven for disobeying the doctor’s orders and not medicating their hyperactive daughter and finding out what she’s into instead.”
American internet pioneer and publishing executive. He was the founder and Chairman of Mecklermedia Corporation until the company was acquired by Penton Media in November 1998 and founded several print magazines including Virtual Reality World, CDrom World, and Internet World. He is now Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mediabistro Inc.
U.S. Representative for Florida’s 17th congressional district from 2003 to 2011. He was the Democratic nominee in the 2010 Senate election for the seat of Mel Martinez, but he and Independent Charlie Crist lost in a three way race to Republican Marco Rubio.
An American professional wrestler and actor. As a college basketball player, Morgan competed in the 1996 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament and has appeared in American Gladiators under the pseudonym Beast.
Brazilian-American entrepreneur who has founded three commercial airlines, Morris Air, JetBlue Airways and Azul Brazilian Airlines.
Ty Pennington became well known for his role on Extreme Makeover; Home Edition. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and elects to use Adderall XR to help manage the symptoms. Ty is also the spokesperson for ADHD Experts on Call.
American swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals.
Many people with ADHD struggle with controlling the outcome of their actions and then facing the consequences. This has been painfully true for baseball great Pete Rose. In Pete Rose: My Prison Without Bars, co-authored with Rick Hill, Rose candidly reveals his lifelong battles with ADHD and gambling.
Actress Michele Rodriguez gained her celebrity with her role on the hit television series Lost. She told Cosmopolitan that she has difficulty focusing when she is alone. Rodriguez is another example of a female celebrity with ADHD.
Britain’s greatest gymnast when he won silver at the London Olympics – Louis was a lively child, and a handful for his mother, who first got him into sports. It was only later that he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. He reveals how his condition helped him go on to Olympic glory.
I read so slow. If I have a script I’m going to read it five times slower than any other actor, but I’ll be able to tell you everything in it. It kills me that there are standardized tests geared towards just one kind of child.
Early in my career, I had trouble focusing, and I was always interrupting my teammates. My coach approached me and asked if I had trouble focusing when I was growing up. I told him I had ADHD asa kid, but thought that I had outgrown it. After that conversation, I went to the doctor, who confirmed that I still had ADHD. I am not ashamed of my ADHD and am excited to be apart of this educational effort to help other young adults and adults take ownership of their ADHD.
I AM #ONEOF15M AMERICANS LIVING WITH ADHD. Once upon a time, a Southern Belle followed her dreams to a land 1,200 miles from everything she had ever known. Three years later she is living happily ever after as Miss Minnesota United States 2015 and a CHADD Champion who is achieving her career and personal goals while Unlocking Confidence Through the Arts!