The Largest Online List of celebrities with ADHD: 36 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 three-time Tour de France winner, was also an adult before he discovered that he had ADHD, a diagnosis that made sense of the frustration and low self-esteem that marred his childhood.
Comedian, actor, television host, and voice actor. Well known as host of the NBC game show Deal or No Deal.
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.
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.
Nicknamed “Kinko” because of his curly red hair, founded the copy-chain Kinko’s. Orfalea was born in Los Angeles, California to parents of Syrian Orthodox Christian descent.
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.
As a professional dancer, I’ve become known for my moves and my career accomplishments, but most people don’t know about another part of my life — I’m an adult with ADHD,” said Karina Smirnoff, performer on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Will Smith never settled for one lane and this is a direct result of his ADHD. Will once described himself as the “fun one who had trouble paying attention.” He even admitted before that he has trouble reading movie scripts.
The Real Reason Britney Spears Has Been Walking Off X Factor Set During Auditions: “Britney was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in her teens and used to take medication for it.
Professional baseball outfielder, who has played for the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.
One thing I learned about ADHD is that it’s hard to keep your attention and you can’t sit still and you’re always moving and thinking about a whole bunch of things. But those traits work well for me in studios and in meetings about creative ideas. I’ve figured out a place for it.