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:
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.”
Chris Rock, who said he now goes to therapy seven hours a week, added that he thought that his popular 2000’s TV show Everybody Hates Chris, was his outlet to address his childhood trauma, but later realized it wasn’t:
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,
“What people don’t realize is that athletes get that time, and you can’t obtain greatness without the time to rest and work on yourself and your faults.”