Melanie Sykes celebrates autism diagnosis

Melanie Sykes celebrates autism diagnosis

Melanie Sykes Melanie Sykes said she felt “relief” following a recent diagnosis of autism. The TV presenter, whose 17-year-old son Tino has the same condition, was “very happy” to discover she had autism, which affects the way people communicate and interact. She told Hello! magazine: “It’s fantastic, that’s why I’m celebrating it. “I’ve always felt different to other people and how they think and operate, but now I know it’s because I’m autistic it makes me feel validated as I understand why. “I’m relieved. It’s great to know and I’m very happy about it. “Now I know what all my sensitivities are about. “During lockdown I enjoyed not having to go out and socialise, to brave corporate events, shake hands and be pulled in for a kiss by complete strangers. “I’ve always been uncomfortable in crowds or being touched by people I don’t know. “My sensitivities are now completely validated because I’m autistic.” Sykes, 51, has been welcomed into the autistic community with messages from mothers of children on the spectrum and adults diagnosed late in life. “They’re so happy I’m talking about it, normalising it. “Some people who were too embarrassed to tell anyone now feel they can. […]

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