Dan Aykroyd was NOT officially diagnoaed

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27 Apr 2015, 12:24 pm

Hey guys,

I understand that it has become rather famous in the Autism community that Dan Aykroyd has been officially diagnosed with Aspergers. Papers like the Daily Mail have also reported this but he is in fact self-diagnosed and says so himself. See the video below and navigate to 11.40 to him say it:



The Daily Mail article claiming he was officially diagnosed:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/artic ... hosts.html

I think he may have been to a therapist in the 80's as the Daily Mail reports but was mostly like informally described as Having traits of Aspergers by the therapist.

This is quite similar to my situation.



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27 Apr 2015, 2:00 pm

In the Daily Mail article it was HE who claimed he was diagnosed a claim I believed he made elsewhere, now in Huffington Post he is contradicting himself. The actual diagnosis claim has always been a subject of discussion in the community because he claimed he was diagnosed in the early 1980's when only a few specialists even knew about Aspergers. People said it might be true because as a celebrity maybe he had access to the most knowledgeable psychs or because he is Canadian and they are progressive there. Now we know it was all wishful thinking, probably a bullshit publicity stunt. Notice this time he did not bring it up and was very eager to minimize his "Aspergers" and change the subject. I believe this interview occurred after the Seinfeld fiasco which would explain his wanting to change the subject and be dismissive.

So now we have the Aykroyd fiasco. The harm from Seinfeld fiasco was incalculable. High Functioning autism not real autism in the mainstream media, page after page of invalidation of people who unlike apparently Aykroyd did tons of research before self diagnosis, a sharp increase in posts from people doubting their official diagnosis. Now we have to go through this again? f**k


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27 Apr 2015, 3:08 pm

Totally agree my friend. You never know what to believe. Im only wondering with the Daily Mail are exaggerating his claims or even outright bending the truth, we all know we can't take newspapers too seriously.

Like you say could be a publicity stunt, especially with Ghostbusters making a return, anything to get attention possibly.

I think in general when celebrities contradict themselves they look really silly.



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27 Apr 2015, 3:10 pm

It also looks as if the interviewers were not taking him too seriously.