Chris Rock Goes To Therapy 7 Hours A Week, Reveals He Was Diagnosed W/ Nonverbal Learning Disorder: All I Understand Are The Words
Chris Rock revealed that he has been diagnosed with non-verbal learning disorder (NVLD).
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, he said a friend once suggested he might have the neuro-developmental condition Asberger’s that affects one’s ability to socialize and communicate. Chris Rock said that he took a few tests and was later diagnosed with nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD.). NVLD is a learning disorder in which one struggles with non-verbal signals. He said:
“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. I’d always just chalked it up to being famous. 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.’ Now, I’m realizing it was me. A lot of it was me.”
“I thought I was actually dealing with it, and the reality is I never dealt with it. The reality was the pain and the fear that that brought me, I was experiencing it every day.”
The veteran comedian said that his fear of failing and not being rich, mixed with low self-esteem is what kept him driven, in his early years of being a comedian,
Although Chris Rock has been addressing racism in his stand up comedy for 30 years, he says the current resurge in the Black Lives Matter movement makes him regret not doing more.
“Even though I talked about it and I joked about it, there’s a part of me that’s ashamed at how much of it I just accepted.”
Chris Rock was recently dragged into a debate about Jimmy Fallon’s impersonation of him during an episode of SNL in 2000 wearing Blackface. Jimmy Fallon issued an apology for doing the Blackface skit and Chris Rock said he called him and told him he loved him. He chalked Jimmy Fallon’s move to bad comedy and added,
“Fallon doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”
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