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'It was a shock but not a surprise': 'Prison Break' star Wentworth Miller reveals autism diagnosis

11:20 AM Jul 28, 2021 | PTI

Wentworth Miller, best known for starring in the serial drama "Prison Break", has revealed that he has autism.

The 49-year-old actor opened up about his condition on Instagram and said he received a formal diagnosis of autism a year ago, admitting that the news was "a shock but not a surprise".

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"This isn't something I'd change," he added.

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"No. I get - got - immediately being autistic is central to who I am. To everything I've achieved/articulated... I also want to say to the many (many) people who consciously or unconsciously gave me that extra bit of grace + space over the years, allowed me to move thru the world in a way that made sense to me whether or not it made sense to them... thank you (sic)," Miller wrote alongside a blank white square.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.

The actor, a graduate from Princeton University, said that he will now be "re-examining 5 decades of lived experience thru a new lens (sic)".

Miller also criticised the diagnostic process for adults, calling it "a long, flawed process in need of updating".

"I'm a middle-aged man. Not a 5-year-old," he wrote.

The actor, who has been out since 2013, has been vocal about his struggles with mental health and how he tried to kill himself as a teenager.

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