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01 Apr 2017, 5:14 pm

The middle-aged mother who's just found out she's AUTISTIC... and suddenly Laura's lifetime of bizarre obsessions, tantrums and ‘off’ reactions fell into place

Article about Springwriter prresenter Chris Packman

Since revealing I have Asperger syndrome last year, the public reaction has been almost entirely positive. Lots of people have said: “Thank you for being honest because now we feel we can talk about it.” But there’s a small section of society whose ideas about mental health are rooted in the past. An MP called me a nutjob [MP Nicholas Soames retweeted a post by a hunting supplier that called Chris a ‘self-confessed nutjob’] and I just thought: ‘Grow up.’ And that was during Mental Health Awareness Week. For my parents’ generation, mental health was a complete taboo. Times are changing and if I can be a very small part of that change, where we bring these subjects out of the shadows, that’s a positive thing.

It doesn’t worry me when people demand I’m sacked. I work very closely with the BBC to make sure I don’t transgress any agreements we have – I’m diligent about those sorts of things, that’s the nature of Asperger’s. The world is black and white for me so if something’s wrong, I don’t do it. It’s that simple.

It is a a good thing that tabloid readers get to read a stereotype breaking articles

Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity

My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person. - Sara Luterman