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Bill Cosby and ADHD

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ADHD or attention deficit disorder is a childhood development problem with some symptoms like inability to concentrate, being too naughty and out of control. Earlier on, it was a simple lack of focus but now with some researches, it has been found that hyperactivity and distraction are the other two elements of this disorder. Number of children and adults suffering from this disorder are considered to be really intelligent and extraordinary.

Born in 1937, famous American television personality, Bill Cosby has had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for years. Cosby describes himself as the class clown because he has loved humor since childhood, when his teachers noticed he was good at making people laugh rather than paying attention in class and studying.

Bill Cosby in the Navy (taken between 1956 - 1961)

Bill changed schools many times but success did not come his way and he experienced repeated failures during his school and undergraduate years because of ADHD. Bill Cosby made his mark in the industry as a television host and spent almost the whole of his life making other people laugh with his exceptional comic talent.

Bill Cosby made excellent use of his humor in earning money from the customers while working with a club. During his college days, he continued his humor and had a great time joking around with his college pals. In an interview, when he was asked about his married life, Cosby said: “For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked.”

This statement clearly reflects the difficulties of everyday married life when one spouse has ADHD.

Bill earned immense recognition with ‘The Bill Cosby Show’ because of the wonderful display of his talent in making people laugh. Reflecting on perhaps his own childhood as the class clown, as an adult and multiple father on ‘The Bill Cosby Show’, Bill says: “Parents don’t want justice, they want peace!”

Other celebrities who have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD include Will SmithMichael PhelpsJim Carreyand Jamie Oliver.

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