What...Will Smith and Chris Rock Are Both Dealing With Mental Health Diagnosis?
Breaking Down Both Will Smith & Chris Rock Dealing With Mental Illness:
Did you know that Chris Rock was diagnosed with NVLD (Nonverbal Learning Disability) which is similar to Asperger's Syndrome where you struggle to read, understand and respond appropriately to social cues?
There are many people who are intellectually gifted but socially challenged, and they struggle in interpersonal relationships. This explains a lot about his miscues at the Oscars and interpersonal challenges in relationships.
Will is obviously dealing with childhood trauma, impulse control issues, marital stress and overall stress which all cascaded into acting out against Chris Rock.
He explains in his book, “Will”, how he labeled himself as a “coward” for not being able to stop his father from physically abusing his mom and how he created two personas to cope:
1) Uncle Fluffy- the lovable guy everyone laughs with
2) The General- the aggressive protector of his family and ego when teased
This is a form of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which affects so many men and women who have witnessed violence and sexual abuse.
How sad is it that both disorders collided on the biggest stage for the world to see?
It shows that even Black men at the highest of success levels are struggling with mental illness or at least “not being okay”.
Brothers, it’s okay to deal with your stuff proactively before it deals with you. 1 in 3 people have experienced trauma in their life. It’s common and will not go away with just time. It will continue to resurface until treated.
Come talk about your stress, trauma and social issues and gain control of it so it doesn’t control you and cost you. Love you brothers!