Doctors diagnosed Michael Phelps with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when he was in fifth grade due to some of his behavioral changes. These included disturbing other children and not sitting quietly and focusing on schoolwork. After being a confirmed ADHD, Michael started consuming prescription medication called Ritalin.
He continued his dosage to improve his grades, but was not very successful.
The fact that he has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder leaves many surprised at how this man has such a focus on his sport. According to USA Today, Phelps’ mother said: “Michael’s ability to focus amazes me.“
Amazing it is indeed, considering the boy who used to be benched during swimming class went on to win eight Olympic gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
When teachers told her he couldn’t focus, she didn’t want to believe them at first because of his determination when he was practicing or competing in swim meets.
“He never sat still. He never shut up; he would never stop asking questions,” she said.
“He just wanted to go from one thing to another.
“He might be rocking on the kickboard as he’s waiting to swim, but he knows what he wants to do.”
During his school days, Michael was an attention seeker and he used to talk without even thinking once. His teachers used to call him an immature guy because he used to disturb other students while studying. Michael was never interested in studies and all this emerged as a root cause for his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The kind of disorder Michael experienced is known as hyper focusing where he cannot think about anything else except swimming because of his love for this sport.
At the tender age of ten, he got national rankings for his excellent swimming talent and he decided to make his career in swimming only. He received many accolades for his Olympic performance, which made him a household name.
Author: Karen Blaha