• Michael Phelps Opens Up About ADHD Struggles: A Teacher Told Me ‘I’d Never Amount to Anything’

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    He’s the most decorated Olympian of all time, but don’t think for a second that growing up as Michael Phelps was easy.

    The 31-year-old swimming superstar —and new father — opened up about his struggles with ADHD in a new video for the Child Mind Institute‘s Speak Up for Kids campaign, explaining that a teacher once predicted that the Baltimore native would never succeed.

    “I [saw] kids who, we were all in the same class, and the teachers treated them differently than they would treat me,” he says. “I had a teacher tell me that I would never amount to anything and I would never be successful.”

    Phelps, who has earned a whopping 23 gold medals during his Olympic career, said he’s lived with ADHD “my whole entire life, and it’s something I continue to live with. It’s changed my life since the beginning.”

    “Growing up, I was someone who was constantly bouncing off the walls — I could never sit still,” he says.

    But he has since found a way to cope with his condition.

    “I think the biggest thing for me, once I found that it was okay to talk to someone and seek help, I think that’s something that has changed my life forever,” he says. “Now I’m able to live life to its fullest.”

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