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Paris Hilton, will.i.am and other celebrities appear in ADHD documentary 'The Disruptors'

If you’re one of the millions who suffer from ADHD, there’s a good chance you’ll find some solace in the ADHD documentary ‘The Disruptors’. The first definitive, comprehensive documentary film on ADHD is now streaming on iTunes, Amazon Prime, and Google Play. It features an all-star lineup of famous people with ADHD who have been open about their struggles with the disorder.

The feature-length documentary, which was given the San Diego International Film Festival’s award for best documentary and was a nominee for Greenwich International Film Festival’s top honour, is directed by Stephanie Soechtig (“Fed Up,” “Under the Gun”) and produced by Nancy Armstrong, an Emmy-nominated producer who is also the wife of Google and AOL executive Tim Armstrong — who has been diagnosed with ADHD.

“I made this film to show a path forward for individuals with ADHD who didn’t have one,” she said. “This is the film I’d been waiting for as a parent of three children with ADHD.”

Celebrities with ADHD

The objective of the documentary is to bring attention to how those with ADHD are often stigmatised and how their diagnosis can be an advantage. The documentary features celebrities and what having ADHD has meant for them; however, the real focus is on families that have battled against the negative perceptions of the condition.

Having the likes of will.i.am, Paris Hilton, and Howie Mandel involved in the project helps to break the stigma and should help those suffering from ADHD feel less alone. It’s time for society to understand that ADHD is a neurological disorder affecting millions of people worldwide.

"For kids that have ADHD, there is no disorder; there’s nothing wrong with you. There’s something wrong with the world. We live in a world where everyone wants you to be a laser, and you have to remember that you’re a lighthouse… your brain is beautiful. Society didn’t do a good job telling you that you’re creative… that you have the ability to focus on many things at once. You’re freaking awesome."

Unfortunately, the lack of understanding surrounding ADHD has led to some children in the documentary being disciplined at school and having trouble making friends. The Disruptors shines a light on how society can better support and understand those with ADHD.

The film has already been praised by some of the celebrities who appear in it.

The producers of this film want to put an end to the misinformation and myths surrounding this diagnosis. This film debunks every one of them. The public’s understanding of ADHD is far from accurate, according to what scientists have gathered from decades of research and hundreds of studies.

After meeting with Dr Ned Hallowell, M.D., Armstrong was inspired by his “strength-based” approach to understanding ADHD and realised that the documentary was the way to break the stigma of ADHD.

“The parents’ experiences in the film directly paralleled my own as a parent of kids with ADHD, and the childhood stories from the public personalities in the film were closely tied to the real-time experiences of the kids in the film. So there’s a universality of experience that can reframe this in the minds of children with ADHD and build a sense of community.”

The many benefits of ADHD

In her own home, she has seen the benefits of a “strength-based” viewpoint on ADHD in her spouse and children. Some of what she refers to as “super skills” include inventiveness, an increased sense of adventure, and a “lack of risk aversion.”

“With my husband, Tim, it’s definitely his creativity, his ability to see opportunities where others do not, and his willingness to take big risks to act on those opportunities. He is fearless and a risk-taker which are all indicative of the strengths of the ADHD brain,” Armstrong said. “My three children are all super creative.”

Armstrong’s son, also diagnosed with ADHD, has started his own business and works alongside her husband at Flowcode. Back at home, her two daughters – both of whom have also been diagnosed with ADHD – are busy keeping up with their high school studies and performance arts obligations.

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often seen as disobedient, lazy, or stupid. But this documentary seeks to change that perception and show that ADHD can be an advantage in some cases.

In the documentary, celebrities from various aspects of pop culture offer explanations for their ADHD diagnoses. Some stars like Mandel explain that they felt “quirky,” which made it difficult to maintain friendships. Others, such as Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, emphasised Armstrong’s emphasis on “super skills,” which he has grown to appreciate.

“I want parents to know that they’re not alone and that every child who grew up and learned to leverage their ADHD brain successfully had great parents (or a parent) who were in their corner, on their team and advocating for them along their journey to adulthood,” Armstrong said.

Where to stream The Disruptors

The Disruptors is available now on iTunes, Amazon Prime, and Google Play. You can also learn more about the film and the ADHD community by visiting their website at disruptorsfilm.com or following them on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok.

ADHD is a real neurological disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It’s time for society to wake up and see those with ADHD for who they really are: The Disruptors.

Have you had a chance to watch The Disruptors? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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