Psychiatry Investig.  2020 May;17(5):424-431. 10.30773/pi.2020.0036.

The Positive Aspects of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder among Famous People

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Kyung Hee University Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea


The shortage of clinical data regarding adult patients with often results in adults with ADHD being stigmatized and being inadequately treated. In this paper, famous people who potentially have ADHD were analyzed to understand better, the life-long progression of ADHD.
131 people were analyzed as potential candidates for ADHD. A grading system for the candidates was developed: class 1, compatible with ADHD; class 2, likely; class 3, less likely; class 4, uncertain with a shortage of data; and class 5, not compatible. Initially, 39 subjects in class 4 and 12 in class 5 were excluded from the analysis. Finally, 80 subjects (30 in class 1, 33 in class 2, and 17 in class 3) were analyzed for sociodemographic data and psychiatric comorbidities.
88.8% were men and 47.5% of the subjects were married once. In terms of occupation, 45.0% of the subjects were cultural professionals and 25.0% were chief executives. Narcissistic personality disorder was the most frequently noted comorbidity, followed by substance-related and addictive disorder.
Famous people with ADHD in this study revealed high skill levels in occupation, offering positive aspects of ADHD in adults.


Trajectory, ADHD, Occupation, Prognosis, Narcissistic personality, Celebrity
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