Her Asperger’s diagnosis
At the age of 52, in 2013, just four years after her celebrity status, Boyle revealed that she had been suffering with Asperger’s syndrome- a high-functioning form of autism. Her nickname was “Susie Simple” as a child, and Boyle suffered from severe bullying, as well as the social anxieties commonly associated with the syndrome, as she shared with The Guardian. “It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid. I was told I had brain damage. 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.”
According to an article by Psychology Today written by someone with Asperger’s, “difficulty in expressing emotions in a way that people outside the autistic spectrum can understand, can lead to ongoing challenges in personal relationships.” Even though Boyle is smarter than average, she also suffers from common severe depression, mood swings, volatile behavior, and emotional outbursts as reported in The Guardian. “It’s just a condition that I have to live with and work through,” she said, sadly.