Gary Numan wishes he had known he had Asperger’s Syndrome when he was a teenager.
The 64-year-old singer battled in his teenage years as a result of the developmental disability, a type of autism spectrum illness that causes people to struggle with social interaction, which was undiagnosed at the time.
I wish I could go back in time and tell my adolescent self that I have Asperger’s and what it actually implies,” he remarked. It might have made it easier for me to comprehend why I was having issues. Rather, I simply thought I was unlikable. I regret not listening to whatever the doctor said when I was taken to see him in London when I was 14 since I didn’t believe I had any health issues. I believed that I was correct and that everyone else was mistaken.
Gary disclosed that he did not receive Asperger’s treatment when he was a teenager because his mother disagreed with the diagnosis.
“I recall the Asperger’s stuff being discussed then, and I have a fuzzy memory of my mom being unhappy with that,” he said in an interview with The Big Issue. She believed it to be a result of her parenting. Thus, we essentially stopped traveling. After giving me Valium for a year, they stopped, and we never went back. I wish I had some knowledge of what was wrong at the time, in hindsight. However, that sense of being unlikable, by myself, and misunderstood influenced my writing. I might not have produced that material or had the career I did if I had understood myself better.
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