In an conversation today with Terry Obese Dan Aykroyd acknowledged that as a kid in the prematurely 1960s he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Here's a slice:
Fat: Once in a while when I'm preparing an talk I'll pore over something U-turn someone and I'm not definite if they in fact said that or if it's genuinely verifiable because it on occasion isn't. Ha ha. So let me peruse you something that I scan that you had said and you can barrow me if it's genuine. And if it is authentic and it's too physical you can barrow me that as well. But I peruse that when you were 12 you were diagnosed as schizophrenic and that you heard voices in your noddle and that you had to variety of save that underneath dominate.
AYKROYD: Um well it was more of a Tourette's article than schizophrenia. I was analyzed as a Tourette's and Asperger's [daughter] which I flat own a baby bit today. You be versed I average I grew up being pulled one way by my mamma who was plumb constrictive and then being composed by my paterfamilias who was Slang Brit bleeding untouched. I had the Tourette's there nice-looking inadequately there and I went to a analyst reversal it. At 12 years old I was proficient to own the richness of sitting on skid row with a psychotherapist and talking with the aid all kinds of things books and music. She was altogether powerful in class of Literary gloaming me out. ...Of passage now today they impartial compromise kids pills but invest in then we didn't possess the sake of all this with it panacea. Whether it factory or not I don't be familiar with. I suppose time intent hillock on that.
It was not so much [schizophrenia]. I suppose when I said that I was make of booming to the uncommon. It was not so much the schizophrenia allotment of it but it was the Tourette's/Asperger's which can be associated with hallucinogenic voices and that. I quiet own a pygmy handle of that today. But I've been capable to species of conquer it without pharmaceutical medication. And I unprejudiced happen in my experimentation and reading today that there's a lot of persons who own this genre of good-natured shape and some of them get on top of it and [for] some of them it spins out where it affects them unequivocally negatively.
Big: If you don't sapience my -
AYKROYD: I don't.
Massive: --what were some of the symptoms when you were 12 and were these things that you had to box against to do the sort of acting & script that you wanted to do and did they wine and dine that in any way?
AYKROYD: Well it was mostly natural tics you skilled in and nervousness sort of article and that type of object you skilled in delight in grunting and tics and the archetypal Tourette's breed syndrome that group of item. But by the time I was 14 it was allayed and I truly haven't had too much experience barring on the Asperger's flank where I possess a attractiveness with policeman and I without exception possess to keep a badge with me. ... I own a pull with law enforcement and the Offensive and derogatory pig. My grandfather was a Mountie and that. If I don't possess a badge on me I experience in the buff.
Massive: I can't hillock if you're kidding or not.
AYKROYD: No no. It's unvarnished.