Johnny Vegas reveals he has been diagnosed with ADHD

Johnny Vegas reveals he has been diagnosed with ADHD as he admits ‘it answers a lot of questions about my behavioural issues’

Johnny Vegas has revealed he has been diagnosed with ADHD.

The Romantic Getaway star admitted he is in the ‘early stages’ of working through medication, after he was diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) ‘just before Christmas‘.

Johnny, 52, told BBC Breakfast: ‘It was always kicked around as a notion. I’m very careful about things like this and discussing it, but, no … I was diagnosed just before Christmas.

Honest: Johnny Vegas told BBC Breakfast on Wednesday he has been diagnosed with ADHD as he admitted 'it answers a lot of questions about my behavioural issues'

Honest: Johnny Vegas told BBC Breakfast on Wednesday he has been diagnosed with ADHD as he admitted ‘it answers a lot of questions about my behavioural issues’ 

‘Eventually, I bit the bullet and went in. I’ve had friends who have been diagnosed. I’m in the very early stages of working through meds and things like that.

‘It just answers a lot of questions about behavioural issues.’

The former Benidorm star was asked what difference the diagnosis has made to him and he replied: ‘I think it’s just a lot of things make sense.

‘That sense of disorganisation and doing basic tasks. Very simple things can become very time consuming.

Sharing is caring: Johnny's comments come just days after former Great British Bake Off co-host Sue Perkins revealed she has also been diagnosed with ADHD

Sharing is caring: Johnny’s comments come just days after former Great British Bake Off co-host Sue Perkins revealed she has also been diagnosed with ADHD 

‘I suppose it’s how your brain organises itself. I always knew I was disorganised, but that was the kind of joke that, “I am as they made me”.’

He continued: ‘It helps make sense of a lot of things at school. But I’m only just on the verge of learning about it.

‘It was more a discussion of, “You’ve probably got something”,’ so it is very different to saying, “No, you have”.’ 

Johnny’s comments come just days after former Great British Bake Off co-host Sue Perkins revealed she has also been diagnosed with ADHD.

Candid: Musician Tom Gray opened up on the affect his undiagnosed condition was having, writing on his page: 'I'm creeping towards an ADHD diagnosis. Strongly advised to do it to help me but more likely help people who have relationships with me'

Candid: Musician Tom Gray opened up on the affect his undiagnosed condition was having, writing on his page: ‘I’m creeping towards an ADHD diagnosis. Strongly advised to do it to help me but more likely help people who have relationships with me’

Sue revealed the news on Twitter when replying to Gomez guitarist Tom Gray, who admitted he is ‘creeping towards’ such a diagnosis.

He tweeted: ‘I’m creeping towards an ADHD diagnosis. Strongly advised to do it to help me but more likely help people who have relationships with me.

‘Never realised before how object permanence is such a problem for me. Staying in touch rarely if ever occurs to me. I can only apologise. x (sic)’

Sue replied: ‘I have fully crept. Once I had the diagnosis, suddenly everything made sense – to me and those who love me. Wishing you well on the journey, Tom x (sic)’

WHAT IS ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural condition defined by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

It affects around five per cent of children in the US. Some 3.6 per cent of boys and 0.85 per cent of girls suffer in the UK. 

Symptoms typically appear at an early age and become more noticeable as a child grows. These can also include:

  • Constant fidgeting 
  • Poor concentration
  • Excessive movement or talking
  • Acting without thinking
  • Little or no sense of danger 
  • Careless mistakes
  • Forgetfulness 
  • Difficulty organising tasks
  • Inability to listen or carry out instructions 

Most cases are diagnosed between six and 12 years old. Adults can also suffer, but there is less research into this.

ADHD’s exact cause is unclear but is thought to involve genetic mutations that affect a person’s brain function and structure.

Premature babies and those with epilepsy or brain damage are more at risk. 

ADHD is also linked to anxiety, depression, insomnia, Tourette’s and epilepsy.  

There is no cure. 

A combination of medication and therapy is usually recommended to relieve symptoms and make day-to-day life easier. 

Source: NHS Choices 

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