Anne Hegerty is better known to you and me as 'The Governess' from TV quiz show The Chase
Anne Hegerty reveals she is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome on I'm a Celebrity
Anne was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the relatively late age of 45. Her first night in camp proved a little too much and, feeling overwhelmed, she admitted that she 'was really close' to saying she couldn't stay on the show. She explained that her condition meant that the lack of social interaction and routine in the camp made things difficult for her. After a heart-to-heart with fellow camp mates, she said she was 'feeling better'.Anne explained to her campmates: "What neurotypicals' have, is a thing called mirror neurons so we can see a thing being done and know how to do it and I kind of have to line the mirror neurons up in my head. It doesn’t have to be the same all the time but I actually have to work it out beforehand. When you've grown up always knowing that there's something that seemed to be different about you from most people - and not being able to understand until my mid-forties that what we were talking about here was autism - I've had to learn an awful lot about myself and what I can and can’t do and what I can or can't cope with."
Anne has received lots of support online, with fans tweeting and sending Facebook messages. Her openness about the condition is raising awareness of Asperger's and other conditions on the autism spectrum.
The NHS website describes Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as 'the name for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger syndrome, that affect a person's social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.' It also estimates that 1 in 100 Britons have ASD.
There is no known cure but the symptoms can be mollified in various ways including language therapy, educational support and the wearing of SDO garments.
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