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    Susan Boyle says Asperger's diagnosis was a relief

    By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

    Updated 8:01 am, Sunday, December 8, 2013



    FILE - Susan Boyle performs ahead of the Champions League qualifying second round soccer match between Celtic and Helsingborgs at Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, in this Aug. 29, 2012 file photo. Boyle told the Observer newspaper in an interview published Sunday Dec. 8, 2013, she has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, after seeing a specialist a year ago. Photo: SCOTT HEPPELL, AP

    LONDON (AP) Singer Susan Boyle says she has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism and feels relief at finally having the right label for her condition.


    Boyle told the Observer newspaper that she saw a specialist a year ago, who told her she had Asperger's and an above-average IQ.
    Boyle, 52, had learning difficulties as a child, which she was told were the result of brain damage from oxygen deprivation at birth. She struggled in school and was bullied by other children.


    "I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me," Boyle said in the interview, published Sunday.
    "Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself."

    The church volunteer from a small Scottish town became a global sensation when she sang the "Les Miserables" number "I Dreamed a Dream" on TV contest "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009.


    The contrast between her shy manner and soaring voice won Boyle legions of fans. She has sold more than 14 million records around the world and recently released her fourth album, "Home for Christmas." She makes her big-screen debut in holiday movie "The Christmas Candle."


    Boyle has occasionally struggled with the pressures of fame, and was treated for nervous exhaustion soon after her stint on "Britain's Got Talent."


    The singer said she was glad she, and others, would now have a better understanding of the struggles she experiences.
    "I would say I have relationship difficulties, communicative difficulties, which lead to a lot of frustration. If people were a bit more patient, that would help," she told the newspaper.


    "Asperger's doesn't define me. It's a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself. People will have a much greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do."
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    It's appalling that she has only just been diagnosed in her 50s. She has obviously struggled through out her
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    Yes, it is a shame she wasn't diagnosed much earlier. Good for her for seeking out a specialist and having such a positive attitude, though. Admirable.

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    A woman I'm friends with on Facebook has just been diagnosed with Aspergers. She must be in her 40s and she has two children on the spectrum also.

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    Those who bullied her must feel pretty stupid seeing her success. I've always liked her and Im glad this has given her some answers and the well deserved relief. People can be so uncaring.

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    Sad that she's only been diagnosed now. But what a wonderful life she's having now. Happy to see that she's getting more comfortable with herself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witchywoman View Post
    Those who bullied her must feel pretty stupid seeing her success. I've always liked her and Im glad this has given her some answers and the well deserved relief. People can be so uncaring.
    i always liked her too. I hated how the Audience acted when she came out to sing for the first time. It really showed how shallow people can be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Witchywoman View Post
    Those who bullied her must feel pretty stupid seeing her success. I've always liked her and Im glad this has given her some answers and the well deserved relief. People can be so uncaring.
    In my (think-the- worst-of-people) opinion, I don't think that they will care & she'll become that mad , old aspey singer" to the!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    In my (think-the- worst-of-people) opinion, I don't think that they will care & she'll become that mad , old aspey singer" to the!!!!!
    Ah,but she will laugh all the way to the bank.
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    i felt so bad when they said this morning on the today show that all this time she was told she had brain damage. poor woman.
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    I can't help but think that she has been held back by the incorrect 'brain damage' diagnosis for the majority of her life. The doctors gave their verdict and from that point onwards only the lowest of expectations were placed on her and she may well have been actively discouraged from pursuing the kind of full life her peers would have been enjoying for her own 'protection'.

    Thank goodness there is better diagnosis, better help and the majority people have a more positive attitude these days.
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    She's known to have outbursts in public. I think Simon Cowell Inc. made her have the tests but it's extraordinary she wasn't diagnosed until now.

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    This will probably come out wrong,....but why wouldn't her parents have had her tested as a child? The first time I heard her speak, observed her mannerisms, and heard of her public outbursts,...I assumed she had some sort of disability. No one else noticed this at home, school, church, ect., over the last 50 years??? It took Simon to tell her she needed to be tested? That is sad. But I am glad she is finding the help she needs to help her get through this and live a hopefully happier life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JadeStar70 View Post
    This will probably come out wrong,....but why wouldn't her parents have had her tested as a child? The first time I heard her speak, observed her mannerisms, and heard of her public outbursts,...I assumed she had some sort of disability. No one else noticed this at home, school, church, ect., over the last 50 years??? It took Simon to tell her she needed to be tested? That is sad. But I am glad she is finding the help she needs to help her get through this and live a hopefully happier life.

    Aspergers and autism weren't widely recognised or diagnosed conditions until relatively recently (modern concept of the condition in the early 80's, standardised diagnosis in the early 90's), a long time after Susan Boyle was born. Also she had a diagnosis of brain damage following a lack of oxygen at birth and nobody had ever thought to question it, possibly partly from a 'doctor is always right' attitude and there not being so great an understanding of it as there is today.
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    Oh okay. I wasn't aware that she had been labeled with brain damage due to lack of oxygen from birth. I hadn't heard anyone speak about it before,...so I assumed everyone thought she was okay, and just a tad odd.

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