Jerry Seinfeld believes he might be on the autism spectrum.
The observational comic of “Seinfeld” fame made the admission to Brian Williams during an interview for NBC Nightly News.
The 60-year-old said that as he’s grown older, he’s become much more aware of the possibility that he might suffer from the disorder.
“I think on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m on the [autism] spectrum,” he said, citing markers in his self-diagnosis such as “never paying attention to the right things” and basic social engagement being “really a struggle.”
The National Institute of Mental Health expounds on an array of symptoms that could indicate the disorder, including “persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts” as well as “restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.”
“I’m very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don’t know what they’re saying,” Seinfeld said. “But I don’t see it as dysfunctional, I just think of it as an alternate mind-set.”
The stand-up comic, who just launched the fifth season of his Web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” added that comics are “the only kind of people that I feel completely relaxed around.” That’s why he’s continued to execute the conversational show, which delivers on exactly what the title promises.
On Friday, autism groups including the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Autism Speaks applauded the comic on sharing his revelation, NBC News reported. However, the National Autism Assn. warned against Seinfeld oversimplifying the disorder.
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