Britney Spears made a comment that caused a stir yesterday in the online ADD Community. Members over at ADD Forums spoke out about what she said and many weren’t very happy. Jennifer Koretsky blogged about it over at Experiencing ADDvantages too and received some interesting comments on her post.

Britney was trying to explain to her fans how she felt before she finally ended up getting help in rehab. The statement that caused people to get upset was " I felt like a bad kid with ADD". I’m not sure why so many people are upset by this. She probably did feel like a kid with uncontrollable ADD symptoms.

Even before Britney started having the problems this past year I always thought she seemed like somebody with ADD. Over the past several years I’ve seen some interviews she has done and thought to myself wow she sounds like a person with ADD. Her behavior over this past year only supports my theory that she could possibly have ADD too.

No, I’m not saying that all people with untreated ADD act like Britney but she sure exhibits a lot of ADD symptoms. The books ADHD and the Criminal Justice System: Spinning out of Control and When Too Much Isn’t Enough: Ending the Destructive Cycle of AD/HD and Addictive Behavior support what I’m saying too. Most of the people reading this know or suspect that they (or somebody else in their lives) have ADD and are doing something to treat / manage it.

The sad fact is that there are far too many people out there who don’t know they have ADD and are Spinning Out of Control like Britney was.

    3 replies to "Britney Spears and her ADD Comment"

    • Jen Koretsky

      Well said, Tara! I think Britney also exhibits some of the positive attributes of ADD, like creativity and drive to succeed. 🙂

    • Priscilla

      Poor suffering Britney said, “I was like a bad kid running around with ADD.”

      What’s offensive is that she equates “a bad kid” with someone who has ADD.

      People who have ADD are not bad people. They may indeed be impaired because of their ADD, or even disabled, as the Americans with Disabilities Act suggests, but they aren’t “bad.”

    • Tara McGillicuddy

      That could be part of her actually having ADD. We don’t know what she actually meant by that statement. I have heard her speak before and like many people with ADD she often switches the order of her words by mistake. She could have very well meant a kid with bad (severe) ADD instead of a bad kid.
      TITLE: Britney Spears and her ADD Comment
      BLOG NAME: University Update
      DATE: 05/31/2007 02:35:25 PM

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