Rob McElhenney, star of the hit show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, revealed that he has been diagnosed with “a host of neurodevelopmental disorders and learning disabilities”.
The actor, 46, shared news of the diagnosis Tuesday on Twitter but did not disclose the specifics. McElhenney acknowledged in his tweet that he typically wouldn’t share such information publicly but decided to do so to help others in similar situations.
Examples of neurodevelopmental disabilities can include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, learning disabilities, visual and hearing disabilities, and cerebral palsy.
According to a study conducted from 2009 to 2017 by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in six children ages six to 17 had a developmental disability. The American Psychiatric Association found that 2.5% of adults in the US have ADHD. But some research shows that many adults with ADHD remain undiagnosed.
“It’s not something I would normally talk about publicly but I figured there are others who struggle with similar things and I wanted to remind you that you’re not alone. You’re not stupid. You’re not ‘bad’. It might feel that way sometimes. But it’s not true :)” he tweeted.
Fans responded to his tweet with an outpouring of support and gratitude for his openness, with several sharing their experiences with disability diagnoses as well.
McElhenney will be sharing the full diagnosis and prognosis in an episode of The Always Sunny Podcast, a production that McElhenney and his co-stars Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day began hosting together in 2021.