Health & Fitness Melanie Sykes, 51, says 'things make sense' after being diagnosed with autism
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, 51, has revealed that she has been diagnosed with autism.
The TV presenter has welcomed the diagnosis and described it as a “positive” thing, and that she got the results after “a series of assessments”.
Taking to Instagram, Melanie explained: “After a series of assessments last week, a report came back to tell me that I’m autistic.
“It’s thanks to Harry Thompson, who I’m working with at the moment, and we were physically working together opposite each other when, after ten minutes of being in my company, he said “I think you might be ADHD and I think you might have an autistic profile”.”
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“Then I started to process how that might be, and it suddenly started to make sense,” Melanie continued.
The 51 year old then proceeded to talk about her
“As many of you know, I have a child with autism,” Melanie said, “so I understand what it’s about, but I hadn’t really run it through any of my behaviours at all.”
“It’s such a positive diagnosis for me because it makes sense of my life. I’ve had to go back through my life and sort-of unpick it and retell it because it has a completely different lens.”
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Melanie said there’s a “sense of relief” that has come with her diagnosis, and described finding out at the age of 51 as “incredible”.
The TV and radio presenter also penned a heartfelt post about her diagnosis.
She wrote: "This week has been truly life-changing. Or rather, life affirming.
"As many of you may or may not know, I was diagnosed with autism late Thursday afternoon. And then, finally, so many things made sense.”
“I cannot begin to tell you the sense of relief this is for me and how much I celebrate this diagnosis. I now have a deeper understanding of myself, my life, and the things I have endured,” she continued.
Melanie also addressed how working in TV hasn’t always been easy for her.
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“The sensitivities around working in television have come up," Melanie admitted.
"I have always struggled with earpieces — what they call ‘talkback’, where you hear what the director says.
"I have often accidentally responded to the director in my ear, live on air, as I cannot juggle the person I am interviewing and the person in my ear at the same time."
“My memory has always been problematic. And remembering pieces to camera could spin me out, resulting in sleepless nights beforehand. There have been many tears of fear and frustration,” Melanie continued.
Melanie joins Christine McGuinness in, who was told she was autistic at the age of 33.
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Melanie Sykes opens up about autism diagnosis on Loose Women .
"My phone has blown up with mothers of teenage girls."While appearing on Loose Women on Tuesday (23 November), the TV presenter opened up about her experiences for the first time and explained how she's learning more about herself every day since discovering that she's on the spectrum.