VINES SINGER DIAGNOSIS REVEALED
THE VINES’ singer CRAIG NICHOLLS has been diagnosed with ASPERGER SYNDROME.
Nicholls’ condition was revealed during a hearing at Sydney’s Balmain Local Court yesterday (November 19).
The star was facing charges of assault and malicious damage, which were later dismissed. The charges stem from an incident at the Annandale Hotel (May 27) when he allegedly kicked a photographer’s camera during a gig for radio station Triple M.
According to The Herald Sun, following the brief ten-minute hearing Nicholls said: “I’m free.”
Nicholls was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome after one of the band’s crew members alerted management to its existence, despite years of attempts by psychologists and psychiatrists to find the correct diagnosis.
Asperger Syndrome is a neurobiological disorder which causes the sufferer to exhibit autistic-like behaviour and marked deficiencies in social and communication skills.
People with AS have difficulties with transitions or changes and prefer sameness. They often have obsessive routines and may be preoccupied with a particular subject of interest.
Asperger Syndrome has only been recognised by professionals for a few years and those diagnosed with the disorder are often overly sensitive to sounds, tastes, smells, and sights. The person with AS may prefer soft clothing, certain foods, and be bothered by sounds or lights no one else seems to hear or see.
These neurological differences may cause odd or unusual behaviour. Before diagnosis, those with the condition are sometimes thought of as eccentric, absent minded, socially inept or awkward physically.
Another article from NME.com stating that The Vines are NOT breaking up! :DD
VINES STAY TOGETHER
The Vines management have said that despite frontman Craig Nicholls’ recent diagnosis with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, the band will carry on.
Nicholls condition was revealed in a Sydney courtroom yesterday (November 19) where he faced charges relating to the alleged assault of a photographer and damage to his camera. He was given an unconditional discharge.
In a brief statement posted on www.thevines.com, Vines management said: "The last six months has been a very trying time for The Vines and those close to them. Craig was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a neurobiological disorder which is a mild form of autism. People with AS are generally considered exceptionally intelligent (and often obsessively focus their attention to music or art), but have difficulty reading social situations and are often accused of being deliberately rude and antisocial. They also have difficulty coping with change and only find security in a familiar routine and environment."
The statement went on: "The band has NOT broken up and Craig looks forward to doing what he loves and lives for - getting back to writing and recording music with The Vines. On behalf of Craig and the Vines, thank you to family, friends and fans for their continued support, understanding and compassion."
I still love you Craig :) and yay that The Vines are not breaking up!