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Tragic Details About Daniel Radcliffe
By SIMONE TORN
Learning Disability
You may not know that Daniel Radcliffe has dyspraxia, a common neurological disorder that can make it challenging to perform daily activities like changing clothes, walking, and tying shoelaces. Although the actor is on the mild end of the spectrum, he expressed that his condition made his younger years difficult, but he said, “It has never held me back.”
Severe OCD
The actor opened up about the major anxiety disorders he has struggled with, like a severe case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which he developed at the age of five. The actor said he had to repeat every sentence under his breath, but when he sought out therapy, he was able to overcome the disorder saying, “I would encourage everyone to undergo therapy.”
He Was Bullied
Similar to the character that made him famous, Daniel Radcliffe was bullied in school. The actor explained, “I wasn’t the most popular kid because they wanted to give me a lot of crap, and I wasn’t willing to take it.” However, Radcliffe acknowledges that he may have been a part of the problem, saying “I ended up getting cocky,” after spending years on film sets.
Struggle with Fame
While many people may dream of being a celebrity, Daniel Radcliffe knows firsthand that the lack of privacy that comes with the job is a genuine challenge — especially for children. Radcliffe explained, “As a kid, the thing that sucked […] was getting booed,” and he went on to say, “The fame side of [the industry] should be avoided at all costs,” especially, for children.
Alcoholism
Radcliffe has been quite open about his addiction to alcohol, which he developed in order to cope with his “Harry Potter” fame. His fame left him paranoid, but when the franchise ended, he was left anxious about his future, and alcohol was his coping mechanism. The actor said, “It wasn’t me […] [alcohol] turned me into a rude bore,” and fortunately, he was able to get sober.