Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger's syndrome. The diagnosis of Asperger’s gives Boyle a sense of relief as she was thought to have had brain damage since birth.
Boyle says "It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid," she tells the paper. "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."
Boyle claims, "I thought I had a more serious illness and couldn't function properly," Boyle says. She reveals in her interview, though, that a series of tests showed her intelligence levels were not connected with her condition: "I was told my IQ was above average."
The Mayo Clinic gives the following description of Asperger’s: Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. Children with Asperger's syndrome typically exhibit social awkwardness and an all-absorbing interest in specific topics.
Doctors group Asperger's syndrome with other conditions that are called autistic spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders. These disorders all involve problems with social skills and communication. Asperger's syndrome is generally thought to be at the milder end of this spectrum.
While there's no cure for Asperger's syndrome, if your child has the condition treatment can help him or her learn how to interact more successfully in social situations.
Susan Boyle's reveal of an Asperger's diagnosis is not uncommon. Approximately 700,000 people are diagnosed with some form of autism. That means that 1 in 100 people are affected.