What’s not to love about Maroon 5’s Adam Levine? He’s a great musician, he’s quite good looking, and he speaks out about his ADHD. In fact, he has been a spokesperson for ADDA, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, and CHADD. So who better to close out February’s Famous Folk with ADHD?! I’d say a 36 year old making $35 million dollars a year despite his continued struggles with ADHD, is a pretty good example for today’s young ADDers.
Adam was diagnosed with ADHD when he was a teenager. He consistently found himself frustrated with the struggles and challenges he faced at school, especially when he knew he was capable of performing well. He remembers it being hard to sit down, focus and get his school work done. He also recalls how supportive and patient his parents were as they learned to navigate the ins and outs of ADHD and find the right treatment for him.
What, specifically can we learn from Mr. Adam Levine as parents of ADDers, young people and adults with ADHD?
- ADHD does not define you. It isn’t something to be embarrassed about either. Seek a diagnosis and find the right treatment for you.
- One does not outgrow ADHD. Symptoms persist into adulthood.
- For parents of ADDers: be supportive and be patient. Levine says, “When I can’t pay attention, I really can’t pay attention.” It’s real, so trust your child when they say they can’t focus. Give them a break and let them come back to their work at a later time.
- You can succeed with ADHD!
What nuggets or take aways did you gain from Maroon 5’s Adam Levine?
Check out Levine’s commercial for ADHD: Adam Levine ADHD Promotional
And for your viewing and listening pleasure: Maroon 5 – Sugar