Susan Boyle reveals relief at Asperger syndrome diagnosis
Susan Boyle has spoken of her relief after being diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
The 52-year-old singer had previously worked under the belief that she had suffered slight brain damage when being born.
The Britain's Got Talent star said she received abuse at the hands of bullies as a result.
However, Boyle told the Observer that she has in fact now been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome - a condition that affects social interaction. She said:
"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."
She added: "It will not make any difference to my life."
The National Autistic Society's Chief Executive Mark Lever meanwhile commented on Boyle's diagnosis: “Asperger syndrome is a form of autism, which affects the way a person communicates with others. Diagnosis can be a critical milestone for people with the condition which, as Susan said, can be a relief, providing an explanation for years of feeling ‘different’.
"By revealing her diagnosis, Susan has played an important role in bringing the issue of autism to the nation’s attention. It can have a profound and sometimes devastating effect on individuals and families, but public understanding can make a huge difference.”
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