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Gary Numan wishes he had told his teenage self that he has Asperger’s Syndrome

Gary Numan struggled during his teen years because the undiagnosed developmental disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, made it hard for him to relate socially.



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.