ADHD – In Good Company

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Some time ago, I wrote a post about Ty Pennington, who made the news by getting arrested for DUI. That same month, a national magazine had written an article about Ty, his success, and living with Attention Deficit Disorder. Now Paris Hilton thinks she has ADD.

ADD and ADHD make the news when the news is bad, or sensational, but when people are highly functional, successful adults, Attention Deficit Disorder doesn’t often get mentioned. Well, I’m mentioning it now. Here is an inspiring list of people with ADD and/or learning disabilities, thanks to the people at Schwab Learning:

  • Tommy Hilfiger, designer
  • Terry Bradshaw, former football player
  • Cammi Granato, Olympic hockey player
  • Bruce Jenner, Olympic Gold Medalist decathlon
  • Greg Louganis, Olympic Gold Medalist, diving
  • Richard Branson, successful entrepreneur, Virgin Airlines
  • John Chambers, CEO, Cisco Systems
  • Paul Orfalea, founder and chairperson of Kinkos
  • Donald Winkler, CEO, Ford Motor Credit
  • Erin Brokovich, inspired a movie about her life, currently Director of Environmental Research, Masry and Vititoe
  • Dexter Scott King, son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President and CEO of The King Center
  • Princess Beatrice of England, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
  • Tony Bennett, singer
  • Orlando Bloom, actor
  • Cher, actress
  • Patrick Dempsey, actor
  • Danny Glover, actor
  • Whoopi Goldberg, actress
  • Woody Harrelson, actor
  • Salma Hayek, actress
  • Keira Knightly, actress
  • Jay Leno, comedian
  • Edward James Olmos, actor
  • Joe Pantoliano, actor
  • Suzanne Somers, actress
  • Vince Vaughn, actor
  • Henry Winkler, actor
  • Gavin Newsom, youngest mayor of San Francisco in 100 years
  • Nelson Rockefeller, former Governor of New York and former Vice-President of the United States
  • Harry Belafonte, singer
  • Stephan Jenkins, singer, Third Eye Blind
  • Jewel, singer
  • William “Bill” Hewlett, of Hewlett Packard
  • Stephen J. Cannell, novelist, writer, and producer who has created or co-created over 40 television shows
  • Anderson Cooper, CNN news anchor
  • Fannie Flagg, actress and author of several books, including Fried Green Tomatoes
  • John Irving, author and screenplay writer
  • Wendy Wasserstein, Pulitzer Prize winning author and playwright

You can view the full list at Schwab’s website.

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Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle is the writer of and the Podcast host for An ADD Woman.

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