Born William James Adams Jr., Will.I.Am showed an interest in music from an early age. Before his pursuit of a musical career, though, he attended raves and other events with his friends whenever possible. It wasn’t until he was in high school that he met fellow music enthusiast Allan Pineda who’s more popularly known as apl.de.ap. Together they would go on to form the award-winning group, ‘The Black Eyed Peas’.
Apart from producing music with the group, Will.I.Am also has several solo albums and has produced music for other artists.
In 2013, the rapper opened up about his ADHD diagnosis. In fact, he’s attributed his typical style to the disorder.
In a recent interview with ‘ADDitude’, he states that he uses music to manage his ADHD. He goes on to add that “If you think about it, the songs I write are very ADHD-ish. They have five hooks in one, and it all happens in three minutes.”
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What Is ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders. While it typically affects children between the ages of 3 and 7, it can be diagnosed much later and even in adulthood.
People with the condition can exhibit different symptoms but a few of the usual issues include having trouble focusing, problems with keeping still and being impulsive.
These symptoms may also be expressed differently depending on your age. Children may have trouble going to sleep, organizing their tasks, and getting ready for school on time.
On the other hand, adults may be more prone to risk-taking, have trouble following instructions, and feel restless all the time.
How The Illness Is Diagnosed
The main symptoms of ADHD are sorted into inattentive type, hyperactive/impulsive type, or combined type categories. To be diagnosed with the disorder, you’ll need to have at least 6 symptoms from the first two categories. Some of the symptoms attributed to inattentiveness are