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Ty Pennington Discusses His ADHD

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Ty Pennington ADHD

What probably makes him such a good television personality is the same reason he had trouble in school as kid — ADHD.

Ty Pennington, of Extreme Home Makeover fame, discussed his lifelong battle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder while promoting his newest show, The Revolution. Here's what he had to say about his struggle:

"My mom was studying to be a child psychologist and she went to my elementary school to test the worst kid they had. They were like, "Mrs. Pennington, you really don't want to know who that is." They let her observe me through a window and within 20 minutes I stripped naked, wore my desk around and swung on the blinds. I was just a complete distraction to all the other students.

Back then, they didn't even know what to call it. They put me on antihistamines to try and make me drowsy. They tried everything. It certainly affected my confidence and my belief in myself. When everyone's afraid you're going to hurt yourself from just mowing the lawn, you start to believe them. Once I figured out I was pretty decent at art and people were interested in hiring me, I realized I had a skill besides injuring myself.

What's kind of funny is that I ended up working with power tools to pay my way through art school and still have all my digits."

Pennington made sure to clarify that ADHD means more than just being hyper, continuing:

"Hyperactivity is just one aspect of ADHD. There's distractibility and there's impulsivity. I was the type of kid who would jump off a building — not only would I get a rush from it, people might laugh and think it was cool. I'm that kid and you don't really grow out of it."

Clearly, Pennington isn't letting his behavioral disorder control his life and we hope he inspires others with the same issue to rise above it as well!

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