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Vines Singer Has Autistic Disorder 


11-21-04
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(antiMUSIC) The Vines frontman Craig Nicholls revealed in court on Friday that he suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism. Nicholls made the revelation at a hearing for assault and malicious damage charges stemming from an incident at the Triple M radio show at the Annandale Hotel where he allegedly damaged a photographers camera and caused a scene on stage.   The court dismissed the charges against Nicholls. 

The Triple M incident lead the Australian radio station to ban the Vines from their playlist (see story). 

Nicholls was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome after one of the bandís crew members told management of the disorder. Mental health professions have tried for years to diagnose Nicholls. 

Webmd.com classifies Asperger's syndrome as "a neuropsychiatric disorder. Children with this disorder experience the inability to understand the feelings of others, abnormal single-mindedness, lack of verbal skills, insensitivity to social cues, withdrawal and obsessive indulgence in special interests. " 

DrKoop.com states that "Some researchers believe that Asperger's sydrome[sic] is simply a mild form of autism." 

Amy L. Marr of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, whose younger brother suffers from the disorder, writes on her website, "Aspergers is not easily recognizable - in fact, many children are misdiagnosed with other neurological disorders such as Tourette's Syndrome or Autism. More frequently, children are misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit (and Hyperactivity) Disorders (ADD & ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)."

There is no known cure for the disorder but some of the symptoms can be treated to minimize their impact on a person with AS. 

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