Simone Biles: “Having ADHD And Taking Medicine For It Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of”
“Simone has filed the proper paperwork per USADA and WADA requirements, and there is no violation,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. Therefore, per protocol, it is OK for Biles and any other athlete to take medication – which may be on the prohibited drug list — for an illness or condition as long as it’s officially disclosed and approved prior to the Olympics.
For people without ADHD, a stimulant like methylphenidate can increase hyperactivity and focus. But for Biles and others with ADHD, the drug lessens hyperactivity and limits distractions.
“Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of,” Biles added on Twitter, “nothing that I’m afraid to let people know.”
Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of nothing that I’m afraid to let people know.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) September 13, 2016
Biles is among the more than 3 millions people living with ADHD. As she mentioned in her statement, ADHD begins in childhood. It’s incurable, but can be managed through treatment.