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Olympian Simone Biles speaks out about having ADHD

She's serving as an inspiration for others with the disorder.

Feb 28, 2020, 11:59 pm*

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Jaya Saxena 

Jaya Saxena

Though great strides have been made recently toward acceptance and understanding of ADD and ADHD, a lot of people still think they’re made up diagnoses for kids that were never taught how to just sit down and focus. As such, many with the disorders are reticent to come out, lest they be labeled lazy, incompetent, or even cheaters.

Which is why it’s so important that Olympian Simone Biles is openly speaking about having ADHD.

Yesterday, Russian hackers leaked a bunch of U.S. Olympian data, including Biles’s confidential medical files. One of the drugs listed in Biles’s file is a common prescription for ADHD, and Biles took to Twitter to talk about the disorder.

Her tweets prompted a slew of supportive responses, many from people with ADHD who have known the fear and shame of speaking about the disorder.

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Of course, some had their own suggestions of how she should be self-medicating.

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Biles seems smart enough not to get her medical advice from Twitter, though.

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*First Published: Sep 14, 2016, 1:40 pm