Famous People Diagnosed with ADHD

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Don’t think that if you are your child has ADHD that this limits your ability to achieve.  Take a look at these famous people – Ansel Adams, Anne Bancroft, Beethoven, Alexander Graham Bell, "Pappy" Boyington, Hans Christian Anderson, Lewis Carroll, Leonardo da Vinci, Walt Disney, Cher, Thomas Edison, "Magic" Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Robin Williams, Henry Winkler, and Stevie Wonder all were diagnoised with ADHD and that did not keep them down.

There is no reason to believe that ADHD restricts a person from achieving whatever they want. Mariette Hartley, Jim Carey,  and Whoopie Goldberg all show the trademark signs of ADHD.

Even the inventer of mass production, Henry Ford had ADHD.  This goes to show that it does not mean that a llife can not be productive if an individual has ADHD.  It’s all how you look at it.

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ADHD Assessment Scale

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There are various methods used to evaluate whether or not someone has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADD.  This is one attention deficit hyperactivity disorder evaluation scale used today.  This is from the American Psyciatric Association.

Diagnostic criteria for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

(cautionary statement) 
A. Either (1) or (2):
(1) inattention: six (or more) of the following symptoms of inattention have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level:
(a) often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities
(b) often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
(c) often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
(d) often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish school work, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions)
(e) often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
(f) often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework)
(g) often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools)
(h) is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
(i) is often forgetful in daily activities
adult adhd self-report scale asrs-v1.1 symptom checklist
(2) hyperactivity-impulsivity: six (or more) of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level:

Hyperactivity
(a) often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
(b) often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected
(c) often runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness)
(d) often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
(e) is often "on the go" or often acts as if "driven by a motor"
(f) often talks excessively

Impulsivity
(g) often blurts out answers before questions have been completed
(h) often has difficulty awaiting turn
(i) often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)

B. Some hyperactive-impulsive or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment were present before age 7 years.

C. Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g., at school [or work] and at home).

D. There must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning.

E. The symptoms do not occur exclusively during the course of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g., Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorders, or a Personality Disorder).

Code based on type:

314.01 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Combined Type: if both Criteria A1 and A2 are met for the past 6 months

314.00 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Predominantly Inattentive Type: if Criterion A1 is met but Criterion A2 is not met for the past 6 months

314.01 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: if Criterion A2 is met but Criterion A1 is not met for the past 6 months

Coding note: For individuals (especially adolescents and adults) who currently have symptoms that no longer meet full criteria, "In Partial Remission" should be specified.

ADHD diagnosis

Rating Scales – Parents and teacher completed 2 behavior rating scales that are widely used in the assessment of ADHD – the Conners Rating Scale and the ADHD-IV Rating Scale.

ADHD Assessment Tools

ADHD assessment tools are forms, checklists and rating scales that provide a health care professional with information about a child.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Fact Sheet

Twin studies have attributed about 80 percent of ADHD to genes (see Faraone, 2004), though estimates vary. Researchers also have explored the contribution of specific genes. A recent large-scale study demonstrated that many genes are …. To receive a comprehensive clinical assessment, see a mental health professional or check with your primary care physician or community mental health clinic.

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