America's Most Decorated Olympian Suffers

Michael Phelps suffers from ADHD

Phelps celebrating after winning the gold in the 2012 Olympics at London.

ADHD

SYMPTOMS

When he was a baby, he always wanted to stay up. Phelps was unable to stay on task when he was in kindergarten. Phelps was never able to stay focused in school.

ADHD RESEARCH

predominately hyperactive/impulsive, inattentive, problems with paying attention, interferes with child ability to function at school and home, causes problems with relationships, self esteem, and addictions

TREATMENT

medications, behavioral intervention strategies, parent training, school accommodations and interventions

DSM V SYMPTOMS

often fidgets with hands, taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat, often talks excessively, often has difficulty waiting turn, often on the go, interrupts or intrudes on other

CHANGES IN DSM VI

symptoms occur by age 12 rather than 6, several symptoms need to be present in more than 1 setting, new descriptions were added to show what symptoms might look like at older ages,

EVALUATION

NO- Phelps was just an adolescent that had high energy. He has now learned to channel that energy into swimming. The media over dramatized him. Phelps was just like any other young boy. He grew out of it.

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