EXTREME MAKEOVER HOST REVEALS BRAIN DISORDER

Published on: September 19, 2006
EXTREME MAKEOVER HOST REVEALS BRAIN DISORDER

Hunky TV carpenter Ty Pennington of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" has given an exclusive interview to The ENQUIRER in which he reveals he is successfully battling a brain disorder.

The 41-year-old star is using medication to combat the serious learning disability Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Ty said it took years to be diagnosed with the neurological disorder, which includes a persistent pattern of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.

Ty told The ENQUIRER: "The condition wasn't understood properly when I was young. Teachers saw me as a troublemaker — I would jump out of the window, swing from blinds and whack kids on the back of the head.

"It was only thanks to my mother, who was a child psychologist, that I was able to finally get the support I needed."

Ty will publicly discuss his battle as host of "ADHD Experts On Call," a free event on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH, from 8 a.m. to midnight EDT. The event will help patients, families and caregivers build their own life around the disorder.

Health care professionals, educators and ADHD advocates will be available to answer questions through a live call-in hotline and online forum.

You can visit www.ADHDExpertsOnCall.com or call 1-888-ASK-ADHD on Sept. 20th.

If you sign onto the website from noon to 1 p.m., you'll be able to ask Ty questions about ADHD and its treatment.

CHECK OUT THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE ENQUIRER TO READ TY'S FULL INTERVIEW!

And in an ENQUIRER web exclusive, here's Ty's Top Five Tips for a better home:

1) Create as much space as you can. Maximizing storage in a home is the key. Have a look for any empty spaces that are hidden by furniture which you could use.

2) Remember what your room was made for. The dining room should be just for meals. The reading room should have books in it, etc.

3) Bring in color to a room. Toss out drab paints and add some flair to a room. Nothing changes a room as quickly as a rich color-scheme.

4) Get fresh. Add a vase with freshly-cut flowers to a room. Or simply personalize it with something that identifies you like a musical instrument you play or photographs of you and your friends.

5) Don't ever start a project you aren't certain you can complete.