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Asperger's syndrome affects many people, including Susan Boyle

Asperger's syndrome is a form of autism that many Americans suffer from. Asperger's syndrome has become more recognized by the public in recent years due to the medical community learning more about Asperger's and diagnosing more individuals with the condition who previously may not have known that they had a form of autism. 

Many people with Asperger's syndrome may have been misdiagnosed earlier in their lives. That was the case for the now well-known singer Susan Boyle, who took the world by storm after appearing on "Britain’s Got Talent." The famous crooner recently told a London newspaper that she was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome after years of thinking she had brain damage due to complications during her birth.

The singer said it was a relief to finally have the proper diagnosis. She said she knew she didn't have brain damage but knew that she was different from other children in school. Part of that difference included having an above-average IQ. Boyle also said that she now feels more relaxed after being diagnosed with Asperger's.

Her case is not rare. More children and adults are being diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Asperger's syndrome is defined as an autism spectrum disorder. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says that people with Asperger's syndrome often have communication difficulties, social impairment and have restrictive or repetitive behavioral patterns. 

Every person's case is unique, but Asperger's syndrome can make it difficult for individuals to keep a steady job. Individuals with Asperger's syndrome who have a difficult time working a full-time job may want to look into applying for Social Security Disability benefits. SSDI benefits are available for individuals with neurological disorders such as Asperger's syndrome and autism. SSDI benefits can help individuals pay for medical treatments, housing and other monthly expenses that may be difficult to pay for without working full-time. 

Source: Disability Scoop, "Susan Boyle Reveals Asperger's Diagnosis," Michelle Diament, Dec. 9, 2013

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