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Beth Ditto’s struggle with ADHD

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Beth Ditto revealed in August 2009 that doctors had diagnosed her with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly referred to as ADHD.

The Gossip frontwoman told NME magazine that friends had spotted the condition long ago, but that she did not believe there was anything wrong.

She said: “I thought they were just joking…I guess it kind of explains a lot about the way I am.”

ADHD is a neurobehavioural disorder which is often found in children and can progress into adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty concentrating and hyperactivity, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Although many treatments are available, there is as yet no cure and researchers continue working towards a better understanding of the condition (Click here to read more about ADHD).

Beth Ditto has had many hits with her band, including Standing In The Way Of Control. The Press Association reported that Gossip have been confirmed to play at London’s Wireless festival this July. Other acts appearing will include Pink, who will headline the event, and the Ting Tings.

And the singer-songwriter is not the only one to suffer from ADHD, other celebrities with the condition include actors Will Smith, Jim Carrey and Ty Pennington.

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