Rob McElhenney, star of the 2005 hit show It’s Only Sunny in Philadelphia, announced that he has been diagnosed with “a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders and learning disabilities.”
The 46-year-old actor shared the diagnosis on Twitter on Tuesday, but didn’t give details. McElhenney admitted in his tweet that he wouldn’t normally reveal such information publicly, but decided to do so to help others in similar situations.
Examples of neurodevelopmental disorders can include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, learning disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, and cerebral palsy.
According to a study conducted from 2009 to 2017 by Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAbout every sixth child between the ages of 6 and 17 had a developmental disorder. The American Psychiatric Association found that 2.5% of adults in the US have ADHD. But do some research shows that many adults with ADHD remain unrecognized.
“I wouldn’t normally speak about this publicly, but I figured there are others who are struggling with similar things and I wanted to remind you that you are not alone. You are not stupid. You are not bad”. It might feel like that sometimes. But it’s not true :)” he tweeted.
Fans responded to his tweet with great support and gratitude for his outspokenness, with some also sharing their experiences of being diagnosed with a disability.
McElhenney will share the full diagnosis and prognosis on an episode of The Always Sunny Podcast, a production McElhenney and his former co-stars Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day have co-hosted since 2021.