Susan Boyle Joins List of Celebrities with Asperger’s Syndrome
Vivacious Scotswoman Susan Boyle announced today form Los Angeles that she has received the neurological diagnosis of Asperger's Sydrome. There had been such confusion over her symptoms throughout her life that Susan had developed a defeatism and lack of self confidence before winning the highest amateur talent contest, Britain's Got Talent.
When asked if receiving the medical diagnosis was disturbing, Susan said that to finally know she had the condition and its name was a relief. Asperger's Syndrome is a neurological disease that is considered to be in the family of autism. The ailment interferes with the person's ability to learn quickly and can be an affliction of different degrees. Usually the victims are high functioning and many excel due to their tenacious focus on one or two endeavors. Many in the field of arts have had the diagnosis or have been suspected of suffering from it.
Boyle said, "I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me. Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself. 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."
Susan Boyle is the latest of celebrities who have revealed their diagnosis. Actress Daryl Hannah, like Susan Boyle, was mostly unschooled due to her difficulty managing the academic and social requirements in public schooling. Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell and even Isaac Newton are among those considered possibly to have had Aspergers.