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Dennis Rodman Has Aspergers

Dennis Rodman letting more of his guard down for Dr. Drew, as he's no longer wearing sunglasses for his individual sessions.

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.

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11 comments on “Dennis Rodman Has Aspergers

  1. Vin Broccoli
    February 11, 2010

    His personality makes sense now. I had suspected there was something much more to Dennis than addiction, and ASP fits it.

  2. lollercats
    February 13, 2010

    yeah, right. like the greatest nba rebounder ever had trouble with physical clumsiness… and what odd repetitive behaviors and all-absorbing interests does he have? i’ve known people diagnosed with Asperger’s and rodman doesn’t act like them. he’s just bored with a bunch of crazies. drew is a good addiction dr, but he doesn’t know everything.

    • popculturemenace
      February 13, 2010

      There is a wide spectrum to Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, and the degrees to which it affects one’s abilities. I have worked with Autistic children. You wouldn’t pick up on their struggles if you didn’t know their diagnosis. Not everyone is a “Rain Man”. Have you read Dennis’ autobiographies? He spells out the struggles of an Autistic person without even realizing it.

  3. lindsay
    February 15, 2010

    i absolutely cannot stand that piece of shit kari ann! i dont know how she has gone through life acting the way she does and not gotten seriously hurt. or even killed. shes such a little bitch and deserves every bad thing that happens to her. shes just a lost cause. what a sad, empty life she must lead.

  4. Simon
    April 18, 2010

    I worked with a high functioning Autistic student and one who had Aspergers over the course of two years and I can understand how if Rodman does have a disorder on the Autism spectrum he does not deal with change well, because of possible OCD. I mean if he has problems bonding with new teams it may be because the old team was part of his “routine” and when that gets broken, as I found out with the Autistic student I had to work with, it is like the end of the world for them. Of course this needs to be researched further before a diagnosis can be made.

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  6. Chris
    October 29, 2010

    “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!”

    My head exploded when I read this. What an idiot.

    • popculturemenace
      October 29, 2010

      Good! One less sufferer.

  7. Bob McHerrin
    March 28, 2012

    We need to pray for Dennis. He is first human then he is a Superstar .

  8. Fearless Femme
    July 10, 2013

    No. Just no. Aspies don’t tend to be so bold and attention-seeking. If anything, it’s a personality disorder like borderline, schizotypal or narcissistic (maybe even antisocial PD). Probably a mood disorder in there somewhere too. He seems very detached and unemotional, which is more typical of a sociopath than an Aspie. Often, people with Asperger’s are MORE sensitive and intuitive than neurotypicals. Shyness and social anxiety are also common, which Rodman clearly lacks.

    Aspies have narrow, intense interests; strict routines; dislike of change and generally DON’T use drugs or alcohol due to strict internal morals or fear of “losing control”.

    Regardless of the diagnosis, he’s an adult and must be responsible for his own mental health.

  9. Guillaume Giroux
    May 18, 2014

    I have the strong beliefs that Rodman is located somewhere on a Schizotypy spectrum. Based on his childhood (read from wiki), of shyness, awkwardness, depression and suicide attempts. He himself said that he rebranded himself as a ‘bad boy’ after a failed suicide attempt in 1993. It would also explain his very excentric and flamboyant behavior.

    It’s worth exploring.

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