The Voice judge/lead singer of Maroon 5 Adam Levine has committed to helping raised awareness of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) among adults with “Own It,” an educational campaign launched on June 20, 2011. Levine’s working with patient advocacy groups, with support from Shire, to help motivate adults who suffer from ADHD to seek further treatment from health professionals.
From the press release:
“I was diagnosed with ADHD by my doctor when I was a teenager,” said Adam Levine. “As I got older, I thought my ADHD had gone away. Eventually, I realized it was something that was still there. I was able to work with my doctor to help manage my ADHD symptoms. This campaign is important to me because it can help young adults and adults realize that there’s a chance they may still have ADHD if they had it as a kid.”
This educational campaign is further supported by online and print awareness raising efforts. Levine shares his personal experience with ADHD and encourages young adults and adults to take a quiz at www.OwnYourADHD.com to help recognize the ADHD symptoms – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then talk with their doctor.
The “Own It” campaign is endorsed by the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) and Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), two organizations committed to raising awareness of ADHD.
The leaders of CHADD and ADDA released the following joint statement: “There is a common perception among many young adults and adults that you can outgrow the ADHD you were diagnosed with as a child or adolescent. However, it is important for them to understand that this is not always the case and that the disorder can continue into adulthood. The symptoms may even present differently. We commend Adam Levine for sharing his personal story and hope it will inspire others previously diagnosed with ADHD as a kid to take an online quiz and talk with their doctor about how ADHD symptoms may be affecting them as a young adult or adult.”