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Susan Boyle shares her Asperger’s story

Susan Boyle has announced that she is living with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism that mainly affects social interaction and communication skills. Miss Boyle’s condition had been diagnosed as brain damage when she was a child.

A year ago, Miss Boyle visited a Scottish specialist who later diagnosed her with Asperger’s. After claiming she was given an incorrect diagnosis of brain damage as a child – and cruelly dubbed ‘Susan Simple’ at school – Miss Boyle said she now feels more relaxed in her own skin. She told Observer Magazine: ‘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.’

In the past, Miss Boyle has discussed having epilepsy as a child, “At school I used to faint a lot. It’s something I’ve never talked about. I had epilepsy. People in the public eye don’t have things like that. All through my childhood they’d say epilepsy is to do with mental function. And now I realise it’s not. I was up against all those barriers. It wasn’t easy.”

Lisa Farmer, Interim Chief Executive at Young Epilepsy said; “I would like to praise Susan Boyle on speaking out about how she was incorrectly diagnosed and how now she has a much clearer understanding of the condition she is living with. Knowledge is power when it comes to your health.

Autism can be closely linked to epilepsy, a condition that Miss Boyle developed in childhood. Misdiagnosis rates in the UK, where a diagnosis of epilepsy is incorrectly made in children, can be up to a staggering 40%. As pioneers in research and treatment for young people and children living with epilepsy, we know that an accurate diagnosis and good treatment plans are fundamental to maintaining the best quality of life.”

Young Epilepsy operates a specialist school and college for young people and children with epilepsy and other associated conditions such as autism. Find out more about St Piers School and St Piers College »»

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