Howie Mandel Raises Awareness about ADHD in Adults

Terry Matlen, ACSW Health Guide
  • It's always nice when a celebrity with ADHD is willing to acknowledge it and even better, when they make an effort to educate people about ADHD. Last week, it was announced that actor and comedian Howie Mandel is raising awareness of adult ADHD through the national multimedia public service announcement campaign, called "Adult ADHD Is Real."


    To further Howie's message, a coalition of groups launched a new website at . The goal of the campaign and website is to also offer information on adult ADHD. At the site, you can read Howie's personal story, watch the public service announcement, and learn more about ADHD in both children and adults. There's even an Adult ADHD Self-Screener to see if you are experiencing signs and symptoms of adult ADHD.

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    In addition, there's a helpful article on how to find a mental health provider who can evaluate and treat you for possible ADHD.


    Notes Howie: "When I was in high school, my impulsivity led me to all kinds of acts and pranks. I had trouble sitting still and could hardly focus or pay attention in class. It was probably due to my AD/HD that my high school days were filled with impulsive actions and pranks such as calling contractors from the Yellow Pages at lunch to get a bid on an addition to our school library. The principal noticed my scheme when he saw contractors measuring the school grounds. When he went outside to see what was going on, the contractors told him they were there to measure the area to place a bid for the addition. Dumbfounded, the principal asked who authorized this, and they said "Howie Mandel!"

    "It wasn't until I was an adult that I was diagnosed with ADHD."


    Howie is passionate about getting the word out about adult ADHD:


    "I'm involved in the Adult ADHD Is Real campaign because I want adults to know that it's never too late to seek help for ADHD. I hope that sharing my story encourages people to seek help. I didn't let ADHD prevent me from achieving my goals and neither should anyone else."


    The coalition for the Adult ADHD Is Real campaign consists of patient advocacy groups including ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). The coalition is dedicated to raising awareness about ADHD in adults as a real and treatable medical disorder. Shire also supports the campaign.


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Published On: October 20, 2008