Life With Aspergers Syndrome (Chris Packham Medical Documentary) | Absolute Documentaries
For most of his life, broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham didn’t tell anyone that he is autistic and has Asperger’s Syndrome, which means he struggles in social situations, has difficulty with human relationships, and is, by his own admission, ‘a little bit weird’. Chris wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger’s until he was in his forties but what if there was a way of taking away these autistic traits?
In this absolute documentary, Chris invites us inside his autistic world to try to show what it is really like being him. He lives alone in the woods with his ‘best friend’ Scratchy the dog, but he also has a long-term partner, Charlotte, who discusses the problems Asperger’s creates in their relationship. Chris experiences the world in a very different way, with heightened senses that at times are overwhelming, and a mind that is constantly bouncing from one subject to the next.
With scientific advances offering new possibilities to treat his condition confronting this deeply personal subject with brutal honesty and reflecting on the devastating struggles of his adolescence, Chris explores the question of whether he would ever want to be cured even though Asperger’s has helped make him who he is today.
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