Holly Madison She recently learned that she is on the autism spectrum.
“I was skeptical about it for a while because my mom told me she was always skeptical that this was a thing,” Madison, 43, revealed during the Friday, December 8, episode of Talking to Death, noting that she has been isolating a lot of times. From when she was a child and “had trouble” recognizing social cues.
the Neighbor’s girls The alum added, “I made excuses for it. I thought it was because I grew up in Alaska, and then in middle school, I moved to Oregon and I thought, ‘Well, that was just a big social change.’ So I’m very introverted. Like, This is the type I always wrote off.
Madison told the podcast host Payne Lindsay She was officially diagnosed earlier this year.
“The doctors told me I have high executive functioning, which pretty much means I can go about my life and do things normally,” she added on Friday. “I think I’m calmer, and I’ve only recently learned to make eye contact [and] I’m often preoccupied with my own thoughts, so people find it insulting. …I’m not on the same social wavelength as others, but don’t take it personally.
Madison also struggles to know when people have finished speaking, which results in her unintentionally interrupting them. “That tends to make people angry,” she said. “I’m learning [to improve]”.
The former Playboy model noticed that “all the time [her] Life,” a lot of people hated it after it “rubbed it off [them] “The wrong way” about her behaviors. “They think I’m stuck up or arrogant or they think I’m better than everyone else,” she explained. “I also don’t have a gauge for when others have finished speaking, so I tend to interrupt a lot, which makes people angry.”
Madison recalls that she “never made eye contact” with others before, something she’s had to work on ever since.
“I can apologize to people if I interrupt them or talk to them and tell them why,” she noted, adding that she wants to make sure people understand her diagnosis. “I have more patience now, and I don’t take things so personally.”
Madison concluded her podcast appearance with some simple advice about dealing with a neurodivergent person.
“Everyone functions differently, and I would probably think that when you’re interacting with anyone, just have a little bit of patience because you don’t know what they’re dealing with or what their level of social functioning is, you know?” She said.