Anderson Cooper Takes the Challenge With a Schizophrenia Simulator

You associate schizophrenia with hearing voices, but do you really know what it’s like? Anderson Cooper took the challenge, check out how his day went living with this disease through a schizophrenia simulator. If you suffer from schizophrenia, or know someone who does, we have multiple studies, both inpatient and outpatient, that you need to …

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Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley Says Helping Others Made Her ‘Feel Less Alone’ After Son’s Autism Diagnosis

It’s been a little under six months since Jenni “JWoww” Farley‘s 2½-year-old son Greyson Valor was diagnosed with autism — and they’ve both come a long way. The Jersey Shore star has joined the board of KultureCity, a nonprofit dedicated to building inclusion for people with autism. She says the organization has not only changed …

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Pete Davidson And Other Celebs Are Changing The Way We Talk About Mental Health

“Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson had already been candid about his mental health struggles when he posted about his suicidal thoughts on Instagram last December, sparking a nationwide conversation about how to seek help and support others. Many people, including Olympian Michael Phelps, have been speaking openly about how text therapy specifically helped “save” …

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Justin Bieber Asks Fans For Prayers, Admits He’s ‘Struggling’

Justin Bieber has opened up about his battle with depression. In a candid Instagram post, the 24-year-old singer asked his fans for their prayers after admitting he’s “struggling.” “Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit hopefully what I’m going through will resonate with you guys. Been struggling a lot. Just feeling super …

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Amy Schumer Reveals Husband Chris Fischer Has Autism Spectrum Disorder

Comedian Amy Schumer gets personal in her new comedy special, sharing that her husband, Chris Fischer, has autism spectrum disorder. “I knew from the beginning that my husband’s brain was a little different than mine,” Schumer said in “Amy Schumer Growing,” which began streaming on Netflix Tuesday. “I have to start this over because I …

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20 Celebrity Moms Who’ve Fought the Stigma Around Postpartum Depression

For the roughly 20 percent of moms who experience postpartum depression, the condition can feel crippling and shameful, but hiding and refusing to talk about it almost always makes it worse. That’s why these celeb moms have opened up about their own experience with depression post-baby and are encouraging others to do the same. Cardi B Getty …

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Celebrity Series Part 5: Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher is best known for her role as the heroine Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, recently reprised in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She’s also a hero to the bipolar community, rebelling against mental illness stigma and fighting for more funding to treat mental illness. Fisher was born to celebrity parents …

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Celebrity Series Part 4: Simone Biles

Simone Biles, the superstar Olympic gymnast, has emerged from a hacking scandal as a new kind of champion; a champion for those with ADHD.

A group of Russian hackers publicly posted health information about U.S. athletes, including Simone Bile’s record of a positive test for the banned substance methylphenidate, known more commonly as Ritalin. Biles filed all the appropriate paperwork and was approved for a therapeutic-use exemption for the drug for her ADHD, so she didn’t actually break any drug-testing regulations. While publishing confidential medical information is a huge violation of privacy, Biles responded to the attack that was meant to weaken and invalidate her full of strength and free of shame.

In a tweet Biles said, “Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of”.

In the midst of this scandal, Biles has become a role model for ADHD kids. She proudly declared her ADHD diagnosis, showing kids that ADHD is nothing to hide and doesn’t have to limit their dreams. Her success completely disproves the common misconceptions that people with ADHD are lazy and incompetent.

While common symptoms of ADHD include difficulty focusing, following instructions, and planning ahead, Biles has showed that with proper management and treatment, these ADHD symptoms can be cleared off of the road to success. Preparing for the Olympics requires incredible physical, even more so, mental strength. Biles demonstrated laser focus, an ability to follow her coach’s directions, and a dedication to preparing for the future in her long quest to Olympic gold. The fact that Simone Biles worked her way to the tippity top of the gymnastics world with an ADHD diagnosis shows that there’s no limit to what people with ADHD can achieve!


Do you or a loved one live with ADHD? Contact Segal Institute at 1-877-SEGAL-88 to see if you may qualify for a clinical research study OR click here to request a pre-screen!

Sources: DailyDot, NBC News, Bustle

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