Famous People with ADHD
There are many famous people with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder) who have gone onto fame and fortune. Unlike some other
diseases and conditions, ADHD doesn't have to hold one back in
If properly diagnosed and treated, not only famous people may
live with ADHD but so can everyone else. Below is a list of famous
and notable people with ADHD that are known at this time. If you
have a celeb or other notable person to add to this list please
send it in.
Famous People with ADHD
||Actors and Directors
George C. Scott
Melissa Joan Hart
William James Adams
Ludwig van Beethoven
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Entrepreneurs / Business People
Sir Richard Branson
William Randolph Hearst
Vincent Van Gogh
John F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy
Edgar Allan Poe
George Bernard Shaw
Henry David Thoreau
William Butler Yeats
Scientists and Inventors
Alexander Graham Bell
Sir Issac Newton
Leonardo Da Vinci
Orville & Wilber Wright
These are just some of the famous names of people with ADHD.
There are many other stars with ADHD who have not made their conditions
public or the research has not been conclusive about this ailment.
Some stars have been forthcoming
including Justin Timberlake who says he has this condition mixed
with OCD (Howie Mandel, too), Will Smith who says that while growing
up he had trouble paying attention and reading, Michael Phelps
who acknowledges he has ADHD and that swimming helps him focus,
and Jim Carrey says that his zany antics are the result of his
Sir Richard Branson says he has it. Paris Hilton and Lindsay
Lohan state that they each have taken Adderall to control it.
Terry Bradshaw, Bruce Jenner and James Carville speak about it
And, of course, Robin Williams (pictured above), duh! Just look
at his high energy comedy and it's not hard to see what fuels
the comedic fire with him.
As you can see, having ADHD did not hold many of these famous
people back in their careers. In fact, some of the most creative
(and brilliant) people the world has known have had this condition.
Reader Comments ...
Happy New Year to you and your team. I recently found out i have
ADHD.I am a novelist from Corinth, Greece. I plan to write an
article based on personal experience on this syndrom.
My favourite artist has been Da Vinci, i write cathreptic script
too. And my favourite painter has always been Van Gogh. I never
considered him as psychopath, i had this strange understanding
of him and his paintings. Hemingway has always been deeply appreciated,
i could see throuh his dialogues more than an average reader would
do. I now know because we had ADHD in common. Because i can focus
extremely, i wrote from the beggining pastiches, which are absolute
literary imitation of other writers, such as Llorca. It is a very
particular and rare literary gift.
People with ADHD understand each other more deeply.
Your article remains amazing.