Does Sheldon Cooper Have Autism?
There's one controversial question that comes up time and again when it comes to the show, The Big Bang Theory: is Sheldon Cooper autistic? According to the producers of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper isn't actually autistic.
Although many people speculate that he might have autism or asperger's based on his behaviors, there's one person who can truly give a satisfying answer to that question: Mayim Bialik. She is the actress who plays Amy in the show, and she also happens to have a PhD in neuroscience.
In the science discussion show Star Talk, hosted by scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mayim explains: "All of our characters are in theory on the neuropsychiatric spectrum...Sheldon often gets talked about in terms of Asperger's or OCD.
He has a thing with germs, numbers, and he's got a lot of that precision that we see in OCD. there's a lot of interesting features to all of our characters that make them technically unconventional socially."
She continues: "I think what's interesting and what should not be lost on people is we don't pathologise our characters. We don't talk about changing them or medicating them."
So, in short, Mayim's answer does not make it clear whether or not Sheldon Cooper has autism. And there's no clear proof that shows he does. The producers of The Big Bang Theory say Sheldon Cooper isn't actually autistic.