Chris Rock has been diagnosed with a nonverbal learning disorder.
After a nine-hour series of cognitive tests earlier this year, the 55-year-old Dolemite Is My Name star was diagnosed with a non-verbal learning disorder (NVLD).
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris explained his condition means he has challenges interpreting nonverbal signals in social situations, admitting that: “all I understand are the words”.
“By the way, all of those things are really great for writing jokes — they’re just not great for one-on-one relationships,” the star quipped.
“I’d always just chalked it up to being famous,” he went on.
“Any time someone would respond to me in a negative way, I’d think, ‘Whatever, they’re responding to something that has to do with who they think I am’,” he recalled.
“Now, I’m realising it was me,” the Grown Ups 2 star added, musing: “a lot of it was me.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Chris revealed he has committed to seven hours of therapy every week, as he processes childhood traumas.
“I thought I was actually dealing with it, and the reality is I never dealt with it,” he told the publication, reflecting: “the reality was the pain and the fear that that brought me, I was experiencing it every day.”
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