After a nine-hour series of cognitive tests earlier this year, the 55-year-old actor was diagnosed with a non-verbal learning disability (NVLD). In an interview with THR, Chris says the condition means he has difficulty interpreting non-verbal cues in social situations.
“And all I understand are the words,” Chris said to frequently understand things in their most literal meanings. “By the way, all of these things are really great for writing jokes – they just aren’t great for one-on-one relationships.”
For most of his life, Chris wrote off his condition, not fully understanding how it affected his daily life.
“I always thought I was famous,” Chris said. “Every time someone answered me in a negative way, I would think, ‘Either way, they’re responding to something that has to do with who they think I am.’ Now I realize it was me. It was mostly me.
Now, Chris commits to seven hours of therapy per week, while also treating childhood trauma.
“I thought I was actually dealing with this, and the reality is I never dealt with it,” Chris added. “The reality was the pain and the fear it brought me, I lived it every day.”
Chris recently did this for the first time at age 55!