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Actor Barry Keoghan reveals how he was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago

"I knew I had it growing up. There was not sitting still, (being) easily distracted or not being able to focus on something for X amount of time"

Barry Keoghan

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Dublin actor Barry Keoghan has revealed how he has been taking medication for ADHD which he only realised he had two years ago.

Speaking on the most recent episode of Amy Huberman's Mamia and Me podcast, the Batman star revealed to listeners that he has been diagnosed with ADHD - Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - and how he knew he always had it, even though it was only diagnosed in recent years.

“I figured out I had ADHD there two years ago," he told Amy, who asked him, “It's probably relief to find out this is how my brain works?

“I knew I had it growing up," Barry said, "just the distraction side of things and zoning in and wherever.

Barry Keoghan attends the "Eternals" UK Premiere at the BFI IMAX Waterloo on October 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

“I started taking medication there recently as well for it. Now, I wouldn't take it every day.”

Amy asked him: "And how do you feel now, does it make sense? Do you look back at young Barry and go, ‘oh, I wish I'd known that’ and then all of that (would have) made sense?

“I knew I had it growing up," Barry replied. "There was not sitting still, (being) easily distracted or not being able to focus on something for X amount of time."

Amy told Barry that she had friends who only realised they had dyslexia after they left school.

As they discussed the Irish education system Barry agreed that we “should definitely nurture whatever the kid is into, whether it be sports or drama or even you know like techno graphics. Let’s zone in and the best of that.

"I agree with getting all the basics done, the basic science, it’s good to have a knowledge of all of that, of course. I'm not trying to rewrite the education system.”

Among other topics, Keoghan also addressed the imposter syndrome that comes with being in the public eye.

"I think a lot more people would have gotten a lot more success if that attitude (toward success) wasn’t there. I don't agree with being arrogant. I’d get the head slapped off me if I ever tried that. I’d be pulled right back down to gravity.

"I do agree with having some sort of confidence. When I was first getting into acting, my friends took the p*** but they were very supportive."

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