Comedian and actor Johnny Vegas has revealed he has recently been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – at the age of 52.
The Benidorm actor said it was “kicked around as a notion” before he was told he had the condition in the run-up to Christmas.
He told BBC Breakfast that his ADHD diagnosis “answers a lot of questions about behavioural issues” he has had.
The comedian added: "It's that sense of disorganisation and doing basic tasks… everybody has an element of it, it's how strong your filter is, I think.
"When you don't have a filter at all… very simple things become very time consuming."
The common disorder – which is often diagnosed in childhood – sparks symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
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It’s estimated that ADHD affects 3-4 per cent of the adult population, with the majority of cases going undiagnosed.
In adults, hyperactivity is less common, and symptoms are more subtle, making them tougher to identify.
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be categorised into two types of behavioural problems – inattentiveness and hyperactivity.
While most people show symptoms of both of these manners, this isn’t always the case.
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The NHS reveals that the symptoms are…
- Trouble concentrating
- Being easily distracted
- Difficulty staying organised
- Impatience and restlessness
- Struggling to sit still
- Leaving tasks unfinished
- Putting an unusual amount of effort into staying on top of things
- Low self-esteem, mood swings, struggling to deal with stress
- Being impulsive with money, sex, etc
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