Russell Brand

Born: June 4, 1975

Occupation: Comedian / Actor / TV Presenter / Radio Host / Author

Challenges overcome: ADHD / Bipolar

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

Russell Brand is a successful comedian, actor, radio host, author and TV personality. He started his career with successful stand-up comedy shows, including shows at the Edinburgh Festival, in the early 2000’s. Around that time he also had his first TV job, presenting for MTV which lead him on to become a presenter for Channel 4’s Big Brother series.

Russell he is also an author, with his popular memoirs; My Booky Wook and My Booky Wook 2. Russell has had roles in a number of movies including St Trinains, Forgetting Sarah Marshal, Get Him to the Greek, Arthur and voice roles in Despicable Me 1 and 2. He won the British Comedy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Comedy in 2010 and also won the ShoWest Award for Comedy Star of the Year in 2011.

Challenges Overcome

Russell Brand suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), symptoms include inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. These disability traits could explain why he may have relationship breakdowns, and get into trouble with some of his off the cuff behaviour and comments in his professional life. He has also been diagnosed with Bipolar – a condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another. Russell enjoys daily meditation and yoga, as it gives him relaxation time and focus in his life. He has said that it has made him feel more relaxed and centred, as well as helped him with his performing and given him a new flow and tempo in life.

Russell has suffered through Bulimia Nervosa as a teenager and struggled with drug addiction, sex addiction and alcoholism as an adult. He has been drug free since 2003 and is now a patron of Focus 12, an addiction charity.

Disability Definitions

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder (and originally called manic-depressive illness), is a mental disorder characterised by periods of elevated mood and periods of depression. The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania depending on the severity or whether there is psychosis. During mania an individual feels or acts abnormally happy, energetic, or irritable. They often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences. The need for sleep is usually reduced. During periods of depression there may be crying, poor eye contact with others, and a negative outlook on life.



Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)  more commonly known as ADHD, is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Common symptoms of ADHD include, a short attention span or being easily distracted, restlessness, constant fidgeting or over activity and being impulsive. ADHD can occur in people of any intellectual ability, although it is more common in people with learning difficulties. People with ADHD may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be first noticed at an early age, and may become more noticeable when a child’s circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed in children between the ages of 6 and 12. The symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, but many adults who are diagnosed with the condition at a young age will continue to experience problems. ADHD is very common; it is estimated that between 5% and 12% of children have ADHD.






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