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Chris Rock diagnosed with nonverbal learning disorder

by WENN September 21st, 2020, 4:00 am

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Actor Chris Rock has been diagnosed with a 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 nonverbal 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… 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,” the Grown Ups 2 star added.

Now, Chris commits to seven hours of therapy every week, while also processing childhood traumas.

“I thought I was actually dealing with it, and the reality is I never dealt with it,” he told the publication. “The reality was the pain and the fear that that brought me, I was experiencing it every day.”

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