By Victor Omondi – Chris Rock has revealed that he was recently diagnosed with a nonverbal learning disorder. The 55-year-old said that following a nine-hour series of cognitive tests sometime this year, he was diagnosed with a nonverbal learning disorder. According to the actor, the condition means he has challenges figuring out nonverbal signals in social situations.
“And all I understand are the words,” Rock said of frequently taking things in their literal meanings, saying it helps with his comedy. “By the way, all of those things are really great for writing jokes — they’re just not great for one-on-one relationships.”
Rock said that all his writings were influenced by his condition, though he didn’t fully understand how it affected his daily life.
“I’d always just chalked it up to being famous,” Rock said. “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 renowned actor is also working on overcoming childhood traumas while committing to seven hours of therapy per week to work on her recent diagnosis as well.
At first, Rock thought he had it all under his control, but the truth is, he never got to overcome the condition. Instead, he was going through the pain on a daily basis, trying to deal with something he didn’t quite understand.
“I thought I was actually dealing with it, and the reality is I never dealt with it,” the comedian said. “The reality was the pain and the fear that that brought me, I was experiencing it every day.”
Apart from opening up about his recent diagnosis, Rock also shared his experience of learning how to swim for the first time as an adult.
“Do you know how f—— hard it is for a grownup to learn how to swim? You’ve got to not be scared to die,” he said.