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Justin Timberlake: His Journey with Learning Disabilities

This is a biography on Justin Timberlake and how his OCD and ADD affected him.

Tanvi S

on 28 January 2013

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Transcript of Justin Timberlake: His Journey with Learning Disabilities

By: Tanvi S. & Nikki. E What is a learning disability? Early Life OCD & ADD Musical Career A learning disability is a neurological condition in which the person has difficulty in procuring skills and knowledge that is expected for their age. This is because the person's brain is "wired differently" than the average person. Learning disabilities are a life-long condition, it can't just "go away", but with support and encouragement, it can lead to success. It isn’t impossible to stop a learning disability from taking over your life. Just look at Justin Timberlake: this multiple Grammy & Emmy Award Winning musician and actor has been diagnosed with both OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and ADD (Attention-Deficit Disorder). He has refused to allow his disabilities to deter him from his dreams. Born Justin Randall Timberlake on January 31 , 1989 in Memphis, Tennessee to Randy Timberlake and Lynn Harless.
His parents are divorced, with his mother later marrying Paul Harless, and his stepmother being Lisa Perry. He has two half siblings, Jonathan and Steve Robert; and a late half sister called Laura Katherine.
He grew up in Shelby Forest, a small community. He attended E.E. Jeter Elementary School in Millington, Tennessee.
Justin appeared in a show based on country music, called "Star Search", at age 11. Later on in life at age 14, he starred in "The Mickey Mouse Club", along with Brittney Spears (his future ex-girlfriend), Christina Aguilera, JC Chasez (his future co-star in the popular boy band NSYNC), and Ryan Gosling. All his co-stars later became major celebrities.
Justin was only 10 when he sang at the Grand Ole Opry. When Justin was 14, he joined the popular boy band *NSYNC, the youngest member along with J.C. Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fantone, and Lance Bass. Their first album, self-titled *NSYNC, debuted in 1988, and their second album, No Strings Attached, sold over one million copies in one day, and 2.42 million copies in one week. They had sold over 50 million albums ultimately.
Around 2002, Justin decided to go solo, and released an album known as Justified, which sold more than 7 million copies worldwide and became triple platinum. Songs from Justified are: "Cry Me A River" and "Rock Your Body".
He has produced number-one hit singles such as "SexyBack", "My Love" and "What Goes Around...Comes Around"
Justin Timberlake has won 6 Grammy Awards. Justin Timberlake:
A Journey with OCD & ADD Some examples include: synesthesia,
dyslexia, and ADHD. What is ADD and OCD? The acronym ADD stands for "Attention Deficit Disorder". This learning disability is classified as the difficulty to stay focused and pay attention. It affects a person's home, school, and social life. Approximately 2 million children around the United States have ADD. Some methods to overcome this disability include medication and brain-training. OCD, on the other hand, stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and it is an anxiety disorder that the person has repeating and unwelcome thoughts or ideas, and their mind forces them to carry out these ideas in an irregular behavior. Quotes Collects sneakers and sports jerseys
Loves skiing and snowboarding
Lives in Los Angeles, California
Married Jessica Biel in Italy on October 19,2012
First victim on Ashton Kutcher's "Punk'd"
Ex-girlfriend is Britney Spears, former judge on the XFactor for Season 2 Fun Facts Sources http://ocdtodayuk.org/everyday_life/justin_timberlake.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001926/ "I have OCD mixed with ADD, you try living with that. It's complicated," This quote, said by Justin Timberlake himself, describes his situation perfectly. Similar to many other celebrities, Justin has an obsession where every object has to be aligned perfectly. He reportedly spends hours on end, straightening objects, and in addition, Timberlake feels as if he has to have certain types of food inside of his refrigerator. To cope with his learning disabilities, music and laughter has always helped Justin. When he can't fall asleep, he always sings himself to sleep, and Justin says that, "My earliest memories as a kid was I would always try to make my mom and my stepdad laugh at dinner. Or make my friends laugh in class. And I don't know, it's something I just really enjoy doing,". In addition, his family has always supported and encouraged Timberlake. His mother and stepfather had taught him humility with the simple saying: "Everybody puts their pants on the same way every morning." Acting Career In addition to his musical career, Timberlake has expanded into the film industry.
He starred in "Friends With Benefits", "The Social Network"and Bad Teacher."
He also voices Artie in "Shrek the Third" . "I remember when I was really young and my parents telling me, Michael Jordan's a great basketball player but that doesn't make him superhuman, you know? That makes him a great basketball player." This quote showcases Timberlake's humility, taught to him at a young age. It explains that while someone famous may seem like a superhuman, with amazing skills, at the end of the day, that celebrity's just good at doing what their passion is. The life lesson learned from this is that even though you can be famous and well-known, you are still a human being and everything is accomplished through hard work. Quotes "All you can do as an artist is do what you think is an extension of you. You put down on paper ... who you are. That's what being an artist is all about. And when it gets done, you don't look back at it and say, 'Oh, I could have done that better'" This quote, said in 2002, is Timberlake's view on fame. He believes that being an artist, a star, all it is really another version of yourself. When you tell the media who you are, you can't go back and try to be something else just because you could have done something better. The life lesson learned from this is to be truthful about who you are, because once you say or do something, you can never take it back.
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