What Is ADHD?
Our culture has come a long way in its understanding and acceptance of neurodivergence. Today we recognize that neurological conditions don’t have to be a deficit and that neurodivergent individuals are often some of our most creative and outside-the-box thinkers.
ADHD is no different. The long list of famous and successful individuals with ADHD includes musicians like Dave Grohl and Justin Timberlake, athletes like Simone Biles and Michael Phelps, actors like Channing Tatum and Emma Watson, and even International Space Station astronaut Scott Kelly .
It’s no surprise, really. At any given time, roughly 6.1 million children between the ages of 2 and 17 years old are diagnosed with ADHD in the United States . And 4.4 percent of the adult population is living with ADHD as well .
Given those numbers alone, it makes sense that there would be some talented individuals in the mix. But some of the very symptoms that can make ADHD difficult to manage can also be part of a recipe for success.