Chris Packham

BBC presenter Chris Packham’s frank admission that he has Asperger’s syndrome has been applauded by many others with autism.

Packham told at the weekend how his condition has – on occasion - led to depression so severe that he twice considered suicide after the death of a beloved pet dog.

But he has also stressed that he does not see the condition as a “handicap”, crediting it with being the force behind his successful career as a TV naturalist.

“It’s not a disability, it’s a difference,” he explained. “So that means we can consciously change that difference in order to make things work. I don’t find it a handicap. From being able to modify those traits I’ve turned it into something that’s very useful to me.”

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