Lee Mack convinced he has ADHD as he 'hears nine voices in head at same time'
Comic Lee Mack has revealed he has been tested for the condition of ADHD – because he hears up to nine voices in his head at the same time.
The Not Going Out comic said he believes he has the syndrome because he either can’t concentrate on one thing – or suffers the opposite problem and gets totally obsessive about it.
Lee said his powers are useful when he’s on panel shows like Would I Lie to You? because he can tune into everyone’s conversations simultaneously and bounce jokes off them.
But he said it has proved a problem in pubs with his mates as his attention is diverted to other groups’ conversations.
He said: “To me it is like eight or nine radio channels going off at once.
“Most people can tune into one, but you tend to tune into nine.
“But the problem is you’re not listening to any one of them succinctly enough - or you have mad obsessive concentration on one thing.”
The NHS says Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects people’s behaviour and they can seem restless, have trouble concentrating, and may act on impulse.
Lee said although he hasn’t been officially diagnosed with the condition, he is convinced he has it and has done the test.
But he said he couldn’t even pay attention to that properly, as his attention diverted into doodling.
He said: “I started joking around on it and I do get distracted easily and I drew balls and a willy, that type of things. As an adult having it - and I do suspect I’ve got it having spoken to people about it - it has its positives and its negatives.
“The positives are certainly in my job on panel games I can hear several people talking, whereas some people are just focusing on the one person talking. You can tune it to what suits – what you want to talk about.”
Speaking on the Walking The Dog podcast Lee, 52, added that he no longer goes to pubs, but when he did with his pals his radar would be tuning into many conversations.
He said: “When I used to go to pubs I would go ‘that was all kicking off, wasn’t it?”. They go ‘what was?’.
“I’d say ‘the conversation behind us where that row broke out’, and they go ‘what row?’. I’d say ‘you’re not serious, that huge argument’, and they go ‘I didn’t notice anything’.
“Am I just nosey?”
The causes of ADHD are unknown, although research has discovered possible differences in the brains of people with ADHD and it has been shown to run in families.
Most cases are diagnosed between the ages of six and 12, but symptoms usually improve with age.
But many adults identified as having it early continue to experience problems, and other difficulties it can cause include sleep and anxiety disorders.