Famous Folk with ADHD – Adam Levine

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?

  1.  ADHD does not define you. It isn’t something to be embarrassed about either.  Seek a diagnosis and find the right treatment for you.
  2. One does not outgrow ADHD.  Symptoms persist into adulthood.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Sources:  Additude Magazine, About Health, Inquisitr




  1. Penny Williams

    I love success stories of individuals with ADHD. Gives me hope that my child can succeed as well. What I love about Adam’s story is that he proves creativity can lead to a successful life and career.

    Penny Williams
    Author of “The Insider’s Guide to ADHD,” “What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD,” and “Boy Without Instructions”
    Parent of 2e teen with ADHD, autism, and LDs

    • jennifer

      Penny, I feel the same hope when I hear success stories as well. I used to dwell on the negatives and was so worried my son would never make it in this world. It took me a long time to get past that, but now I choose to see his uniqueness and strengths and know he will make an impact. Thank you for the comment. I recognize your name. Do you blog for Additude Magazine?


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