Show Segment March 6, 2013
Dan Aykroyd Talks Mental Health And Acting

Dan talks about being diagnosed with mild Tourette syndrome and Asperger syndrome as a young man, and how he still sees some symptoms to this day.

He speculates that his Asperger syndrome might have helped him create some of his on-screen characters.

In this clip, Dan talks about...

Asperger Syndrome and Tourette Syndrome
"I went to an analyst when I was a kid, and I have a little touch of that, a little touch of Tourette's, that was the analysis at the time, and I feel it a little bit today. Luckily it's manageable and controllable and I've seen a lot worse cases and I really feel for people who have to fight that in the youth of their families. But I was overcome it and channel it creatively."

Creativity and Mental Health
"Maybe just getting absorbed in kind of a look, a face, a voice, when I was a kid, you know, in the mirror. Like Jim Carrey talks about how he used to make faces in the mirror and become absorbed, I think maybe it might have grown out of that."

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THE BIO: Dan Aykroyd

INTERVIEW: Dan Aykroyd

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