Lia Kim recently met with Dr. Oh Eun-young and revealed her worries about having Asperger Syndrome.
“Choreography teacher of many stars” Lia Kim recently confessed that she suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome. However, Dr. Oh Eun-young, a ’30-year psychiatrist’, diagnosed her with ADHD, not Asperger’s. It is fortunate that the misdiagnosis has been corrected, but it is concerned that incorrect information may be conveyed to viewers without a clear understanding of the disability.
Dancer Liah Kim appeared on Channel A’s “Dr. Oh Eun-young’s Golden Counseling Center”, which was broadcast on the 23rd.
Lia Kim is the director and choreographer of the world-famous dance crew 1MILLION. She has won multiple world dance competitions, and she has also worked as a choreography trainer for many idols of SM, YG, and JYP.
Lia Kim shared her worries about being diagnosed with mild autism and was being treated for the disability. The female dancer recalled the time when she was diagnosed and couldn’t hold back her tears. Lia Kim said, “I cried a lot every day for about a week. The only thing I thought about was the pain that those close to me must have felt and was so sorry.” In that broadcast, a boyfriend who has been dating Lia Kim for 15 years also appeared and said that there are many confusing things about dating Lia Kim.
“I had struggles in my relationship which sometimes made me think that I was a psychopath“, the dancer said, “I thought that I was having some kinds of problems, like depression”. “When I was suffering a hard time, an acquaintance of mine said ‘I think the correct diagnosis must be Asperger’s Syndrome”.” Lia Kim also shared that she couldn’t even memorize the choreography that she herself created.
For that reason, Lia Kim was also worried about the problems that might occur in dating, marriage and parenting. The dancer said, “When I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, and when I felt that I was having some problems, I wondered whether I would make the person who lives with me feel uncomfortable. I wondered if I could say ‘Let’s do it’ to him first”.
In addition, Lia Kim worriedly shared, “I think there would be a problem if I couldn’t sympathize and interact properly with the baby if I gave birth to a child with a disability. I think it would be very difficult for the person who marries me and live together with me to carry all of that things for the rest of his life.”
Lia Kim marked 6 out of 7 things on the diagnostic checklist for Asperger syndrome. However, Dr. Oh Eun-young surprised everyone by revealing that Lia Kim’s case was “adult ADHD”, not Asperger’s. She pointed out that Lia Kim only lacks attention and sociality, and basically can empathize with others, make eye contact, facial expressions and so on when talking, and affirmed that these behaviors are always Asperger’s.
Asperger syndrome is one of the several clinical forms of autism spectrum disorder. Therefore, Lia Kim’s confession reminded many people of the drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”, which was a hot topic recently. This drama has helped raise the public’s interest in autism. In the drama, the main character Woo Young-woo (Park Eun-bin), who has autism spectrum disorder, is shown as a person who can solve cases from a new perspective with her genius brain and flexible way of thinking after joining a large law firm. It was very touching seeing Woo Young-woo grow up by learning things through work and getting to know about love in a society beyond the world made up of only herself.
Lia Kim’s courageous confession also aroused great support from viewers. Since it was like the sad story of a genius choreographer. However, many people became curious since Lia Kim revealed a completely different appearance from what she has shown on broadcasts. The reason is that Lia Kim’s confession was coincidentally made at the time when interest in autism has been increased thanks to the drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”.