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Old 12-08-2013, 09:38 PM
 
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Susan Boyle diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome

She is the singing sensation from a small town in Scotland who took the world by surprise with her beautiful voice. After she won on tv, she had to perform in public and suffered what was termed a breakdown in 2009. She suffered another much publicized breakdown in the US in 2012. She will sob or yell or act in other strange ways but no one ever knew what was wrong with her.

As a child she had been told that she had brain damage. She has always been "different" from other people. A year ago she saw a specialist who rightly diagnosed her with Aspergers Syndrome.

Can anyone explain more about this mental disability (if that is the term)? Is there any cure? Are there ways of teaching the person to cope? I don't think she will ever be "normal" but she says she feels better knowing what is wrong with her and that she actually has a higher than average IQ. She hopes people will understand her better. Maybe if they do, they will understand other people who have Aspergers. I have never even heard of it until lately and I would like to learn more.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:04 PM
 
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As far as I understand, there isn't a cure, just ways of coping. I can't imagine what it was like for her to go through life believing she was brain damaged from birth. Geeze. As for her breakdowns, I'd imagine the sudden rise to fame with all the pressure that involves would cause anyone to lose it.

I did have a customer who had Asperger's who would have outbursts occasionally. He had a serious version of Asperger's - I think he was close to fifty and still lived with his parents, and had never held a job. He was obsessed with certain subjects - he'd go back and forth over which one held his current interest - and would check out the same books over and over again. We learned to be very calm in dealing with him, and not make any unusual faces because he wouldn't understand the emotion conveyed and he'd blown up once about something a co-worker had said. Another time he'd looked across the building and screamed at another customer for looking at him strangely.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:10 PM
 
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Too bad there's no such thing as Asperger's anymore.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:37 AM
 
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Too bad there's no such thing as Asperger's anymore.
Can you elaborate? I read that Aspergers is a high functioning form of autism. It may or may not be called Aspergers anymore, but the people who had it sure had something and still have it. I have a neighbor with a grown son living at home and he has what she called Aspergers. I don't know what he has but he sure has something.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:36 AM
 
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Adam Lanza, the kid who killed all those school children in Newtown CT, had Aspergers too. That's what they called it. I don't know if that's what made him kill people.
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:44 PM
 
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I have never even heard of it until lately and I would like to learn more.
AANE - Asperger Fact Sheet
There is a FAQ, info. about diagnosis in adults, and much more good data on the site.

The diagnostic entity Asperger's Syndrome (AS) was removed from the newest version of the DSM,
in favor of merging it with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs, for short)-but many folks have come to identify with this label.
Being an "aspie" can feel more specific/meaningful an identity (for some people) than to say one is "autistic with varying degrees of severity"
(which encompasses a wide and uneven range of challenges across individuals).
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:57 PM
 
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You can take a supplement called DMG to help with aspergers. Note that it only works if it goes directly into the blood stream. So without a syringe you have to take it subliminally. DMG has been known to get people with austim talking again so it works quite well although it is still just a supplement.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:11 PM
 
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You can take a supplement called DMG to help with aspergers. Note that it only works if it goes directly into the blood stream. So without a syringe you have to take it subliminally. DMG has been known to get people with austim talking again so it works quite well although it is still just a supplement.
That is very interesting. It's a shame that these people who seem normal in so many other ways are so very limited by this one abnormality. I read somewhere that research is being done on certain amino acids, that they help with neurotransmitters in the brain.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:19 PM
 
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DIMETHYLGLYCINE: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings - WebMD

YES! This is it. Amino acids. There IS hope then. I hope the research continues because if that's all it is, it wouldn't be a hard or expensive fix. Strangely, I got rid of fibromyalgia with the amino acid, Glycine, after reading about a Japanese study.

If they could only help these people--and if it's just an amino acid deficiency, so much the better. Doesn't sound that hard. Too many kids and adults too are suffering needlessly. And it's such a waste of human potential.
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:30 AM
 
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How can they tell the difference between social ankwardness/shyness and Asperger's? Brain scanner?
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