Britney Spears Has ADHD (Article)

So that's why she keeps walking off the set of X Factor...

Radar Online reports that the reason Britney Spears left the judge's table several times at the X Factor auditions in Austin, Texas is because she has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and can't take medication for it.

A source said: "Britney was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in her teens and used to take medication for it. The medication helped her deal with it, however, she can't take it now because it interferes with the other medications she takes for her mental health issues. Britney's current team of doctors strictly prohibit her from taking Adderall or Ritalin, which are commonly given to people with ADHD. Simon was made fully aware of Britney's medical history before the contract was signed, so this certainly isn't a big surprise that she needs to take breaks during the audition process. Look, Britney basically has the attention span of a 10-year-old at times. It's not alarming to Simon at all and he is fully supportive of Britney doing whatever she needs to do during filming."

The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Association reports that 8 million adults suffer from ADHD. Symptoms include overall restlessness, poor sustained attention to tasks and impaired impulse control.

The source added :"Britney's medical team works with her to deal with her disorder without medication and daily vigorous exercise is what often works best for Britney. Her nutrition is closely monitored and so is her caffeine intake, because that can also enhance Britney's inability to focus. Simon knew what he was dealing with before he ever signed her to join the show and it's not shocking to him. Of course, it's rather disconcerting for people that see her do it for the first time but it's truly nothing to be alarmed at. In fact, Simon would have been surprised if she hadn't taken breaks during judging last week, this means she is involved and engaged in the process."

Spears has a one year deal for $15 million dollars, with an option for a second year if Cowell and Spears agree. Spears also snapped at Simon Cowell last Thursday when he trashed a contestant, and said to him: "You are so RUDE, Simon." The X Factor will air this fall on Fox.

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