There are already a few lists out there of famous people with ADD-ADHD but most of those people are dead and as far as I know most did not confirm they had ADD when they were alive. Yes I know that when you read about what Thomas Edison was like, it sure sounds to me like he might have had ADD, but I don’t know that for sure.
There is so much negative stigma and misinformation around ADD. It often seems like it’s easier to say you’re addicted to crack cocaine or you’re an alcoholic or a gambling addict than you have an inherited neurobiological condition like ADD.
Many people who have undiagnosed ADD suffer because there of the negative media stigma towards ADD and the fact that most of the “ADD experts” tend to be people trained in the ideology of pathology and that’s what they mainly look for in people with ADD and consequently that’s what they mainly find and talk about in the media.
There are real negatives associated with ADD but there are also positive traits as well.
Far too many adults who may have ADD, especially men, don’t want to get a diagnosis screening for ADD in part because ADD is often portrayed as condition that is nearly solely negative and some don’t want to receive another label that people around them (spouses, other family members, employers etc.) can use to condemn, attack and blame them with.
A list of possible role models with ADD who work in different fields can provide some counter balance to the 98% pathology model, and to encourage people who think they may have it to get diagnosed and if they have it seek treatment and a better life.
I wanted to see a list of living famous or well known people with ADD that have publicly stated they have ADD and not just a list like “I think Robin Williams has ADD”. I think so too, but I don’t know for sure. Or just a combined list of well known people with ADD and or LD (Learning Disabilities) where they don’t say who has LD and who has ADD or both.
Since I couldn’t find such a list, I thought I’d create one.
So I’ve started a section on my website called Famous Living Confirmed People with ADD ADHD.
Know of any famous publicly confirmed, living people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
Let me know, send me the details with the blog/website/book/newspaper/radio/TV interview where it was confirmed i.e. website, date, page etc.
Please don’t send me info like “I think the actor Joe Smith has ADD”. I want publicly confirmed, living, famous people with ADD ADHD to add to my list. I’ll be also cross posting the listing to this blog.