Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Top ADHD success stories












5. Beth Nielsen Chapman
Beth Nielsen Chapman is an American singer and songwriter, she lived with undiagnosed ADHD for most of her life, and she was diagnosed at the age of 56.
Beth Nielsen Chapman was born on September 14, 1958, in Harlingen, Texas as the middle child of five to a Catholic family, an American Air Force Major father and a nurse mother. While Chapman was growing up, her family moved several times and settled in Alabama in 1969. While living in Germany at age 11, Chapman started playing guitar after her mother hid a Framus guitar as a Father’s Day gift in her room. She also learned to play the piano at the same time she started playing guitar. As a child and teenager, she listened to a variety of music including Hoagy Carmichael, Tony Bennett, James Taylor and Carole King. In 1976, Chapman played with a rock and pop group called “Harmony” in Montgomery, Alabama, effectively replacing Tommy Shaw who had just left to join Styx. She played acoustic guitar and piano as well as providing vocals for the group in a locally-popular bowling alley bar called Kegler’s Kove and has returned to play in the area on an infrequent basis ever since.
Listen: Greatest Hits Beth Nielsen 
Read: Getting Creative with ADD



6. Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum is an American actor and dancer; he talks openly about how he suffered during his school time because of his ADHD. Tatum was born in Cullman, Alabama, the son of Kay (née Faust), an airline worker, and Glenn Tatum, who worked in construction.He has a sister named Paige. He is mostly of English ancestry.
His family moved to the Pascagoula, Mississippi area when he was six. He grew up in the bayous near the Mississippi River, where he lived in a rural setting.
Tatum has discussed having dealt with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and dyslexia while growing up, which affected his ability to do well in school. Athletic while growing up, he played football, soccer, track, baseball, and performing martial arts;As a child, he practiced wuzuquan kung fu.
Tatum spent most of his teenage years in the Tampa area, and initially attended Gaither High School. His parents wanted more effort and gave him the option of selecting a private high school or attending a military school; he chose Tampa Catholic High School, where he graduated in 1998 and was voted most athletic. He later attended Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia on a football scholarship, but dropped out. He returned home and started working odd jobs.
US Weekly reported that around this time Tatum left his job as a roofer and began working as a stripper at a local nightclub, under the name “Chan Crawford.” In 2010, he told an Australian newspaper that he wanted to make a movie about his experiences as a stripper.That idea led to the movie Magic Mike. Tatum moved to Miami, where he was discovered by a model talent scout.







7. Wendy Davis
Wendy Davis is an American actress, best known for her role as Colonel Joan Burton in Lifetime television series Army Wives (2007–2013). She grew up with ADHD, she has one daughter and she is also diagnosed with ADHD. She has a favorite phrase for ADHD “different, not defective.” Davis grew up in Joppatowne, Maryland. She attended Joppatowne High School and graduated with a degree in Theater from Howard University. Davis is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Watch :  Windy Davis on her (and her daughters) ADHD


8. Dusty Davis

Dusty Davis struggled in school as a child. He was hyperactive, and he had trouble focusing. So how did he get to become a successful race car driver? Hear Dusty’s story (and his parents’, too) on the challenges of growing up with ADHD.

9. Will.i.am
William Adams (born William James Adams, Jr.; March 15, 1975), known professionally as will.i.am, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, actor, musician, DJ, record producer and philanthropist. In April 2013, his hip-hop group has won eight Grammy awards. He stated that he has ADHD. According to him, having ADHD is a big factor.
William James Adams Jr.was born in Eastside Los Angeles, and was raised in the Estrada Courts housing projects in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, where he and his family were among the few African Americans living in a predominantly Hispanic community.Adams has never met his father,William Adams Sr. He was raised by his mother, Debra (née Cain),who encouraged him to be unique and to avoid conforming to the tendencies of the other youth in his neighborhood on the east side of Los Angeles. To encourage his musical career, she sent him to public schools in affluent West Los Angeles.While attending John Marshall High School, he became best friends with Allan Pineda (stage name apl.de.ap), who was also a future member of The Black Eyed Peas. While still in high school, Adams and Pineda performed in East L.A. clubs and were soon joined by three other entertainers to form the socially conscious rap group, Atban Klann. Atban Klann caught the eye of Compton rapper Eazy-E and was signed to his label, Ruthless Records in 1992.

10. David Neeleman
David is a Brazilian American entrepreneur who has founded four commercial airlines, Morris Air, Westjet, JetBlue Airways and Azul Brazilian Airlines. He is also the co-owner of TAP Portugal, along with Humberto Pedrosa. But Neeleman credits his success, and creation of JetBlue, with his ADHD—saying that, with the disorder comes creativity and the ability to think outside the box.
Neeleman was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and raised in Utah, to a family of Dutch and North American descent. He lived in Brazil until he was five.
He co-founded (with June Morris) Morris Air, a low-fare charter airline, and from 1984 to 1988, he was the executive vice president of the company. In 1988 Neeleman assumed the helm of Morris Air as its president. In 1993, when Morris Air was acquired by Southwest Airlines for $130 million (Neeleman received $25 million from the sale), he worked for 5 months on their Executive Planning Committee.
After leaving Southwest, Neeleman became the CEO of Open Skies, a touch screen airline reservation and check-in systems company, later acquired by HP in 1999. At the same time, he helped with another upstart airline, WestJet. JetBlue was incorporated in Delaware in August 1998 and officially founded in February 1999, under the name “NewAir” by Neeleman.


11. Jamie Oliver
Jamie is a British celebrity chef and restaurateur. The star chef had ADHD as a child, but he told that healthy eating helps him manage it. Today, he’s a huge proponent for healthier school lunches and eliminating junk food from kids’ diets as a way to cope with attention disorders. Oliver was born and raised in the village of Clavering. His parents, Trevor and Sally, ran a pub/restaurant, The Cricketers, where he practised cooking in the kitchen with his parents.He has two siblings and was educated at Newport Free Grammar School.
He left school at the age of sixteen with two GCSE qualifications in Art and Geology and went on to attend Westminster Technical College now Westminster Kingsway College.He then earned a City & Guilds National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in home economics.

12. Karina SmirnoffKarina is a USSR-born American professional ballroom dancer. She is best known to the general public as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars. She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. She reported she was diagnosed with ADHD. Karina Smirnoff was born in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, and is of half Greek and half Russian descent. At 11, she began competing in ballroom dancing. She chose to pursue ballroom dancing. In 1993, Smirnoff immigrated to the United States.
Smirnoff attended multiple schools, including Nerinx Hall High School in St. Louis and Christopher Columbus High School in The Bronx. She finally graduated from Bronx High School of Science. Smirnoff graduated from New York City’s Fordham University with a double major in economics and information system programming.
Read: Karina Smirnoff on her AHDH


3. Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey is a Canadian actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is known for his highly energetic slapstick performances. He is well known for his zany, all-over-the-place antics—but he said on the Celebrities with Diseases website that’s a result of his ADHD.  Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, to Kathleen (née Oram; 1927–1991), a homemaker, and Percy Carrey (1927–1994), a musician and accountant. He has three older siblings: John, Patricia, and Rita. He was raised a Roman Catholic. His mother was of French, Irish, and Scottish descent and his father was of French-Canadian ancestry (the family’s original surname was Carré). According to his own testimony, at age ten, Carrey wrote a letter to Carol Burnett of the Carol Burnett Show pointing out that he was already a master of impressions and should be considered for a role on the show; he was, as a child, overjoyed at receiving the semblance of a formally written reply. Carrey lived in Burlington, Ontario, for eight years, and attended Aldershot High School. In a Hamilton Spectator interview (February 2007), Carrey said, “If my career in show business hadn’t panned out I would probably be working today in Hamilton, Ontario at the Dofasco steel mill.” When looking across the Burlington Bay toward Hamilton, he could see the mills and thought, “Those were where the great jobs were.”
 


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