I play on the left, but think from the RIGHT!
I’m a huge fan of all things “rehab” related. So, naturally, I’m glued to my TV on Thursday nights for Celebrity Rehab. If you’ve been watching, then you know the two biggest losers on the show are Kari Ann Peniche and Dennis Rodman. They are aggressive divas with no desire to admit to problems, let alone solve them. Celebrity Rehab is no doubt a paycheck to them, and that’s it.
However, considering Dennis Rodman’s emotionally detached behavior over the years, as well as his admitted level of “hopelessness”, consumed with dissolved relationships, police run-ins, and suicidal thoughts, it makes perfect sense that he might very well have gone all these years with an undiagnosed condition: Asperger’s Syndrome, a “light” version of Autism.
Asperger’s sufferers are capable of carrying on relationships, and even excelling in academics, so it can be easily misdiagnosed as a personality or behavior disorder, if anti-social behavior or the inability to socialize is noticed at all. It’s an intriguing mental development disorder that begs the question: How many people might be sufferers of the syndrome and the world has just written them off as “moody”? After all, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it begins with “ass”. Heck, I could have it!
In this week’s TV Guide Dr. Drew concluded:
“Rodman was very hyper-focused in some ways and in others, seemed completely blank. He just didn’t get what other people were experiencing and, by the same token, it seemed to me he didn’t get how other people experienced him.” And the diagnosis? According to Pinsky, possibly Asperger’s syndrome. “We brought in a specialist from U.C.L.A,” says Dr. Drew. “He seemed to concur.”
According to Wikipedia, the night season three of Celebrity Rehab premiered (January 10th, 2010), Rodman was removed from an Orange County restaurant by police for ‘disruptive behavior’. I suppose Dennis is not seeking follow-up treatment or taking his new diagnosis seriously. What a shame.