TV Presenter Melanie Sykes Receives Autism Prognosis At Age 51
TV presenter Melanie Sykes announced that she was diagnosed with autism at the age of 51.
Her diagnosis, which she is now celebrating, is “life-affirming” and a relief, she says. She stated that the struggles she has faced throughout her television career make a lot more sense now.
“I’ve always struggled with earphones, which is called talkback, where you can hear what the director is saying,” she explained in an email to the readers of her The Frank magazine. “I’ve often accidentally replied to the director in my ear, live on air, because I can’t juggle the person I’m interviewing and the person in my ear at the same time.”
She also says that her memory has always been a problem, and remembering pieces for TV would spin her out and lead to many sleepless nights. “There have been many tears of fear and frustration,” she said.
Sykes recently took to Instagram to further explain her diagnosis.
She told her followers that she wished she had found out about her diagnosis much earlier in life so she could understand why things were the way they were.
“I was prone to abusive people, I was prone to people who lie because I only see and consider what people tell me,” she said. “I’ve always been a little weird with jokes when someone tells me something with a dry delivery, I believe them.”
Although this is the first time Sykes learns she is autistic, she is not new to autism. Their youngest son was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old.
Hear Sykes talk about her diagnosis in the video below: