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The Hidden Psychological Disorder Chris Rock Revealed
Dr. Patricia A. Farrell -- Psychologist Dr. Patricia A. Farrell -- Psychologist
Tenafly, NJ
Monday, April 11, 2022

Dr. Patricia A. Farrell

Learning disabilities are often hidden, even from those who are affected by them. Adults, in particular, suffer from low self-esteem because of their disabilities, especially dyslexia, the learning disorder related to reading. But high-profile entertainers and persons in the professions also have learning disorders, although many of them choose not to reveal them.

Who has dyslexia? Looking back, we find that former governor Nelson Rockefeller, a multi-millionaire who once wanted to run for president, had it and so does Cher. She has been open about her learning disability of dyslexia, but we have to wonder how this may have affected her earlier years. And Cher's not alone in this diagnosis because a number of famous actors, singers, and clothing designers also have it. The list includes Keanu Reeves, Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, Tommy Hilfiger, and probably more who are still remaining silent.

Now we know that Chris Rock, the highly successful comedian who was slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars, has a type of learning disability. Nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD) was diagnosed by cognitive testing of Rock in 2020. In discussing his disorder, Rock has indicated that he has problems reading behavioral indicators such as body language and relies on verbal interactions. Since being diagnosed, he is undergoing therapy to help him with his disorder.

One of the problems in deciding who has NVLD and who should receive treatment is that it had not been recognized in the DSM-5, the book used by psychiatrists and psychologists as well as other mental health care professionals for diagnosis. If you can't diagnose something, how can you treat it? But there is more information and now there is a diagnosis that appears in the ICD 10, a directory of diagnoses, which usually mirrors the book used in psychiatry, the DSM. The code for NVLD is F81.9, developmental disorder of scholastic skills, unspecified.

If someone has had difficulties in reading or learning material, they might wish to consider having an evaluation by a neuropsychologist who can provide them with information and direction for remediation. This is not something that should cause shame because they were born with it and they are not trying to avoid responsibility in their life.

Only licensed professionals should be considered for these evaluations. Many major medical centers and universities do have the services available and many of them will do it at a reasonable cost or no cost at all.

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