August 16, 2008

Michael Phelps & ADHD

Posted in ADHD, External Links, Posts by Renee tagged , , , , , , at 12:05 am by bloggingawayadhd

I know I haven’t been good about updating this blog, but in case anyone has been waiting for me to post something, here’s a cool article about how Olympian Michael Phelps and his mom had to deal with ADHD as a kid. I am especially proud to post this article, since Michael decided to manage his ADHD challenges without medication.

He has 7 gold medals, 6 world records, and 1 Olympic record in this Olympics (so far!), and is the winningest Olympian in modern history, so it goes to show ADD/ADHD doesn’t have to hold anyone back from succeeding!

Michael showed swimming prowess on his back, then on his front, side, and every way in between. But in the classroom, he floundered. An inability to concentrate was his biggest problem.

“I was told by one of his teachers that he couldn’t focus on anything,” says Debbie. She consulted a doctor, and nine-year-old Michael was diagnosed with ADHD.

“That just hit my heart,” says Debbie. “It made me want to prove everyone wrong. I knew that, if I collaborated with Michael, he could achieve anything he set his mind to.”

There are also sections on Ty Pennington (from Trading Spaces, Extreme Home Makeover, etc.) and a mountain climbing girl. The article starts here:

Or you can skip to the Michael Phelps part here:

Edit: Here’s a video of the most recent interview with Michael and his mother by Bob Costas on NBC (aired 8/17/08)

HE GOT A GOLD MEDAL AND SET RECORDS IN ALL 8 EVENTS HE COMPETED IN!! That’s a huge deal, and it beats the record that Mark Spitz set in the 1970s! Go Phelps and the USA Swim Team!



  1. Joan said,

    Thanks for posting this. I’m pretty sure my son has adhd and I work with him and am constantly trying to find ways that are specific to him that will help him succeed. So as I read the story of Mike Phelps and Ty, I feel like I’m reading about my own son. I haven’t gotten him tested because he does well in school academically, it’s just his behavior that’s an issue and because I don’t think he would be able to fully express how the meds affect him.

  2. bloggingawayadhd said,

    Hi! There are a lot of ways to cope with ADHD without medication. The book is aimed at adults, but I recommend “Delivered from Distraction” by Ratey and Hallowell. It gave me the most non-medication direction in terms of ideas for other methods that could help. Wish I could give more personal advice, but I’m not good at following through with methods consistently, so I can’t say “this or that works”. Thanks for dropping in on my blog! I’m glad you let me know you enjoyed the post :)

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