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chris packham - asperger's admission

Thu 5 May 2016 11:34am

upset by death of pet dog but sees advantages to his condition also

chris packham's autobiography - abridged serialisation each day, week beginning 9th may, 2016, at 09.45 hours on bbc radio 4 FM, repeated at half-past-midnight.

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    ...One of the most astonishing revelations he made in his recently published autobiography was that he once came very close to taking his own life (‘to the point where I was counting out the pills,’ he says today).

    Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, he’s been prone to depressive episodes for as far back as he can remember, but on one occasion back in 2003 he reached the place few pull back from. Why did he? ‘Because I opened my eyes and saw my two poodles sitting on the floor in front of me, and I knew that I could not’...


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    In his thirties he was diagnosed with Asperger’s, which put all these ‘quirks’ into context. It’s immediately apparent, when you meet him, that there’s something very different about this man.

    The most obvious sign of his autism is that he rarely makes eye contact. For 90 per cent of our interview he looks off to the side as he talks, or at his hands. It’s not a reluctance to engage (in fact he pours his heart out), but when he does meet my eyes the action is forced.

    ‘I make myself do it, yes. It’s not instinctive,’ he acknowledges. ‘I’ve had to learn to do it with the TV camera. In terms of working with people, well, I’m an analytic person so I can analyse what is and isn’t working, then I can work towards making it more functional.

    'Obviously some people on the autism spectrum don’t have that capacity. Their condition is, I won’t say more “extreme” but it is different for them.’

    Dealing with people sounds like hard work for him. Relationships have been fraught in the past...

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    chris packham article in current radio times - 14th to 20th october, 2017.


    ...Mr Packham has made a documentary on Asperger’s – called Asperger’s and Me – which airs on BBC2 next Tuesday...21.00 hours...

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    why not vote for chris's autobiography?

    voting closes 25th january, 2017.

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    Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham

    Judge’s comments: "It's a very original book - brave and raw. Chris Packham brings a punk sensibility to his writing, and the language is vivid and unexpected. The narrative powerfully conveys his childhood encounters with wildlife and movingly documents his own personal struggles."

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    23rd april, 2018.

    chris packham is in dictionary corner on this week's episodes of countdown - channel 4.


    chris packham is on loose women - itv - 12.30 hours - wednesday 25th april, 2018.


    the unexpurgated truth about scratchy!!


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    chris packham on pointless celebrities :


    bbc radio 4 :

    Barn OwlTweet of the Day

    Tweet of the Day is a series of fascinating stories about our British birds inspired by their calls and songs.

    Chris Packham presents the barn owl.

    As soft-plumaged birds which weigh very little Barn Owls avoid hunting in strong winds or heavy rain.

    Snow is a problem too because it allows voles and mice to tunnel beneath its blanket, out of the owls' reach. But in spite of seasonal perils, barn owls are a welcome sight over grassy fields and verges in many parts of the UK.

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