Susan Boyle Discusses Asperger's Diagnosis
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:25:00
Singer Susan Boyle has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
Boyle, 52, discussed her condition, saying that doctors misdiagnosed her with brain damage as a child following complications at birth. She discovered the truth, that she has Asperger's, after seeing a specialist last year.
Asperger's is a form of autism and the condition affects social and communication skills.
Former American Idol Season 10 contestant James Durbin also has the condition.
SuBo told a British paper, "It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid. I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself... I went to seek a diagnosis from a Scottish specialist. Nobody told me to. I thought I had a more serious illness and couldn't function properly."
Boyle says she has an above-average IQ and hopes that her revelation about her condition will help others who have it. She said, "It will not make any difference to my life. It's just a condition that I have to live with and work through. I think people will treat me better because they will have a much greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do."
She is an inspiration!
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