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Celebrities with Learning Disabilities

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This list contains information about celebrities who have learning disabilities, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous actors, musicians, and game-changing businessmen have learning disabilities. Some of these celebrities have dyslexia while others suffer from ADHD. Two of the most brilliant computer scientists of all time overcame learning disabilities.

Who is the most famous person who has a learning disability? Justin Timberlake tops our list. This triple threat has ADHD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Jim Carrey has received treatment for ADHD since he was a child. Adam Levine was diagnosed with ADHD. He says, "My doctor diagnosed me with ADHD in my early teens. What was really helpful to me was learning that this was a real medical condition – I had ADHD. The diagnosis helped explain the challenges I was having in school, including my difficulty focusing, sitting down and getting my school work done."

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs both had LDs. Jobs struggled in school, thanks to his dyslexia. The Apple founder even dropped out due to his frustrations. Gates suffered from ADHD, but he has triumphed over the disorder to become one of the most successful businessmen on the planet.

Are you surprised that so many famous and successful people and movie stars have learning disabilities? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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