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To Tell or Not To Tell?


What are your thoughts on disclosing your ADHD diagnosis to your boss and/or co-workers? I struggled with that question for a while and when I finally decided to talk to my boss and a few of my closest co-workers, I was disappointed with their responses. My boss didn’t react at all, as if I told him the sun was shining that day. My co-workers were non-plussed as well, even commenting on how it’s an “excuse” for not being organized, prompt, efficient. I’m at a loss with what to do and where to go with it from here. Any thoughts? Suggestions?

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Early in childhood (im 30 now) I was diagnosed and was just fine with it. My parents were really open about me having ADD and so on. I had no problem telling people about it for all of my school years…. after my first year of collage (i did not graduate collage) I stopped telling people because I wanted to just be “normal” I did not want to be labeled.  I don’t think it was a good idea to stop telling people. I felt less than and my self esteem when way down. Just last month I started coming to terms with it again. I feel like a new person. Anyway, I say feel it out then tell.

Posted by MissAujah on Jun 03, 2011 at 10:24pm

I really had a hard time deciding on whether to tell my employers about my ADHD but in the end I decided to tell my boss. He was really nice about it, thanked me for telling him and asked if there was ever anything they could do to help then to let him now.
That boss has left the company now but all of my workmates know and most of them are great. If I’ve forgotten to do something, they’ll give me a gentle reminder to do it, if I don’t seem that focused, they’ll let me take a few minutes to get my mind back on track. They know my strengths and what I have to offer the company.
One woman thinks it’s a reason to make fun of me and talk to me in a patronising way but I don’t work with her all that often.

Posted by batangel149 on Jun 08, 2011 at 2:47pm

Since my line of work is actually in psychology, I’m fortunate that anyone with whom I may share my diagnosis is already familiar with the disorder.  Interestingly, when it’s out in the open, the freedom to “own” my ADHD decreases my anxiety and actually reduces my ADHD symptoms. Also, in my particular line of work, I’m even able to use my personal experience with ADHD to help other clinicians better understand their clients - many appreciate the “inside scoop.” For instance, I can explain to them that while focusing is not impossible for someone with ADHD, it does take a lot more energy; and that hyperactivity may not be glaringly obvious in a client, but manifest itself in subtler ways.

To those less familiar with ADHD, when you do disclose, the way that you frame the disclosure would likely make a big difference.  For instance, I’ll often disclose in the context of requesting feedback, since ADHD can lead to a bit of “cluelessness.”  Requesting, receiving, and then acting on feedback is almost always going to be viewed as a strength, especially since this is something that many people struggle with.  Another good context for disclosure may be in a discussion of self-initiated ways of improving your performance - just be careful not to sound like you are using ADHD as an excuse. Instead, share the ADHD-friendly techniques that you are using to improve your work performance.  (This would be most effective if you are analyzing your own performance, rather than in direct response to criticism.)

Hope that helps!

P.S.

Joey: I couldn’t figure out how to securely give you my e-mail address, but I would be interested in seeing that PDF.  Perhaps you could let us know where you found it, if you remember?  If you don’t know the URL, perhaps you provide the name of the document, or some helpful search terms?

Posted by SusieB44 on Jun 08, 2011 at 8:18pm

Me too Joey, I was hoping to get access to the PDF!

Posted by sidstark on Jun 08, 2011 at 8:47pm

I value both Joey’s and psychandtheology’s input. I agree with Joey’s observation that disclosure takes huge internal strength. To tandem on to their thinking, I approach ADHD, if the term arises, as not an excuse, but an explanation for some of my spastic behaviors.  Joey’s “favors” equate to psychandtheology’s thoughts of “requesting feedback’.

Being in the helping profession of nursing, you would think anyone would envy my work environment as ideal to “out” myself as an adult with ADHD. Nope! RNs DO eat their young (and elders).

Before I shared my diagnosis with anyone at work (and I felt that this was necessary in anticipation of needing potential formal accommodations in order to be productive – I was diagnosed after my unconsciously life-learned accommodations failed me completely under duress), I collaborated with colleagues who would be the yin to my yang. In other words, I engineered effective work outcomes by purposefully selecting someone who could carry my idea and keep it aloft while nudging me in the right direction should I become waylaid. I would begin with, “It would help me if you could…” Such an approach allows the person to make a choice of some degree of accountability to me without looking judgmental.  Once my colleagues observed my continued effectiveness, I then shared that I am an adult with ADHD! As ADDvantageous22 stated, “My [colleagues] didn’t react at all, as if I told [them] the sun was shining that day.”  I had set the stage well.

Posted by ADHDRN on Jun 08, 2011 at 8:58pm

Ditto to what everyone else has conveyed.  However, as a fellow ADD sufferer and the editor/writer of a newsletter focused on work environments, I don’t feel you should have told anyone at work (although the deed is done) for a few reasons.

(1) Unless I’m you’re supervisor, manager, etc., and/or what you do is affecting the tasks at hand, it’s none of my business as to the cause. 

(2) The reason your boss showed no interest is because his responsibility is to get the job done. If you were not completing your tasks, and he brings this up, at that point you had the option to volunteer the potential reason at that time.  What you told him was of a personal nature and you have a business relationship with him.

(3) Since your coworkers responded in the way they did, you have to ask yourself this question: are these coworkers really worthy of being your ‘friend’?  I work in an environment where if I told my coworkers about having ADD, they would (a) offer to help me in any way they could, and/or (b) laugh with me about it (because that’s just the type of person I am.)  Would I tell my boss: not on your life!

Have you considered that maybe it’s not your ADD that’s the cause of your disorganization, time management, etc.?  I know people who do not have ADD and yet they cannot do something as simple as walking and chewing gum (and that’s my attempt at a humorous analogy).  This folks find a way to enable themselves to get things done.  If you’re approach at your job bothers YOU, why not find a mentor or someone outside the office who can help you find solutions?
 
Life is complicated enough without dealing with people who are arrogant, rude, uninformed or just plain cruel.  You have more value than that!  So, continue to educate yourself for your benefit, and tell everyone else to get a grip!  wink

Feel free to email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you would like any support.

Sharing Life’s Abundance,
Cindy B.

Posted by CindyBrockGA on Jun 08, 2011 at 9:54pm

Wow! What great insight you all have provided! I really appreciate your comments!
Hey Joey! Where did you go? can you post the pdf? my email, for all of you as well, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

Cindy B., I’m on board with your last paragraph and, yes, I do work with those who are rude and self-absorbed, definitely not worth my time or concern! I will say this, where I may not measure up to their level of organization or time management, I far surpass them on creativity, problem-solving, and adaptability in the work place.

PsychandTheology, do you recommend any specific resources or strategies that you’ve used to manage your ADHD at work?

Thanks again, everyone!!!

Posted by ADDvantageous22 on Jun 09, 2011 at 12:02am

Hi Everyone,
I love the feedback you all have shared!  All sides of the topic are fascinating.  I’d like to share my 2cents, too.  I did share with a new team at a new job, that I had ADD and would never use it as an excuse. However, I asked them to speak to me directly if I had forgotten something or if they were frustrated with my work.  My co-workers were wonderful, but 8 months into my job, I had a health crisis in my family.  I was terribly distracted at work.  This made my boss nervous and she began increasing my work load and becoming more critical of my work.  The more she micromanaged me, the worse my performance became.  This is the worst position to be in as an ADD adult!  My entire self esteem and brain function fell apart.  I may spund like it,  but I am not bitter, but I
am certain she was pushing all my buttons in hopes
that I would resign.  Eventually, I was told to choose
between my family member or my job!!  I was so hurt
and appaulled, I resigned immediately.  Not only did she get away with it,  she told me I was lucky she didn’t fire me!  So, I recommend that you wait before you tell anyone.  Find out who is trustworthy and who is not! 
JoyB450

Posted by JoyB450 on Jun 10, 2011 at 5:52am

It is sad that some people like employers have no sensitivity for those of us who are dealing with this.  I wish they would take a sensitivity class or something to help them be aware, so they won’t be in so much denial.  I have a neice that thinks we make it up in our head, as far as I know.  If you have a job coach with a mental health center, they can help you know how to approach this.

Posted by Lass on Jun 10, 2011 at 7:11am

I told my boss—I felt that I had to, after a work meltdown—and “it” became a sword of damocles hanging over my head—she knew some big screwup was coming, sometime, so she micromanaged in ways that didn’t help (or rather, that helped her, not me) and didn’t manage in ways that would have helped me keep on task.  Eventually, after the next “big screwup” I quit, certain I’d be fired—and not caring one bit about the fact that I was putting my family in a financial bind.  I was so desparate to get out of there.  The thing is, once you lose a supervisor’s trust, for whatever reason, it’s really really hard to get it back.

Posted by bravegirl01 on Jun 13, 2011 at 9:44pm

ive told my boss & some coworkers & it hasnt harmed my image anymore than it already was..everyone has known how i am. being chastised for any & all issues is exactly the same for me as it was before i opened up about adhd. some adult are able to hide it better than others, not me tho (: my advice to anyone being treated differently or talked down to like a child (which omg i experience that everyday!!) is to stand up for urself right away! having adhd does not make us stupid, incompetent, childish or lazy! and if ur being treated differently its considered discrimination! truthfully, i dont think that alot of people understand adhd much at all & its hard to know who will be understanding or just plain ignorant..maybe try to feel ur bosses or coworkers out on the subject..talk about it in a non-personal way & go from there…if they are really opinionated & hateful about adults w/ adhd, then u’ve got to decide if that battle is ever going to be worth ur time..good luck (:
Steph

Posted by steph22 on Jun 15, 2011 at 10:28pm

It would all depend to tell or not to tell. If it affects your work then yes but try to mentions symptoms not the actual diagnosis. If it does not affect your job then no. You could try to find a job that supports your strengths not your weaknesses.

Posted by grow on Jun 17, 2011 at 1:34am

I feel that it depends on the type of closeness or repore that you share with your boss. Do you feel that your boss is one that you can trust? Do you feel your boss supports you in all that you do and wants you to succeed in every aspect of your life? If you have the relationship that I have with my boss, then I think it is okay to share; but if not, I would keep it private for not everyone understands the frustrations that go along with our disease nor do they care.

Posted by prettylilac519 on Jun 17, 2011 at 6:57pm

I’ve told my bosses twice. The first time I told my boss, he also looked at me like, “Uh huh…Yeah…Whatever.” I personally think this ended my chances of being promoted in the company, and I was right. The second time I told my boss (at a different company) was when they were talking to me about work performance, and I told them that I had ADD. I wasn’t trying to use it as an excuse, but was trying to work on my problem. They were great about it.
I normally don’t say though, because people don’t understand. Like someone else said, they consider it a justification for sloppiness.

Posted by organizationschmorganization on Jun 18, 2011 at 2:27am

I recently started a new job about 8 months ago.  I just mentioned something about 1 month ago to two of my co-workers about my ADHD because I felt comfortable telling them.  I think it helped them to understand me better.  They don’t think I use my ADD as an excuse and both have been very supportive.  I know from past experiences that you have to be careful who you disclose this too.  Some people just don’t understand. 

You can’t take back telling your co-workers about your ADD.  I think I would just ignore their comments and go about doing your job.  You don’t need to explain yourself to anyone, especially those that are so narrow minded.  I would not bring up ADD or anything else personal with them.  They will only bring you down with their negative comments.  Maybe they will realize you were not asking for special treatment but for understanding.

Posted by Capan on Jun 18, 2011 at 4:08am

This is too long - sorry - have to get it off my chest.

I went to work at a bank as a data warehouse data modeler, dedigning databases for analysis and reporting. Senior position. They had no rules and no meetings and things went bad as I slipped in my deliverables. The other two modelers had designed the whole system nine years earlier and I was supposed to keep up. I eventually told my boss I have Adult ADD and his only reaction was “don’t mention it to anyone else, they’ll think you’re using it as an excuse.” and then his reaction was “you’ll be held to the same standard as if you didn’t” (I never asked not to be). I think that was a window into his thinking.

Funny thing, he would always complain about his college age daughter forgetting things and his wife helping her out - a book she needed at school, where her keys are, etc. I mentioned the obvious, “might she have ADD?” and he didn’t mind at all. He minded more me telling him about mine.

When I asked for a license for MS Project to help in my organization, he said no. Eventually, things got very difficult and one day he called me to his office and said “Mike, this is Susan, she’s from HR . . . ” (doesn’t even just reading those words give you a sick feeling in your stomach?) Well, I had worked there for eight months. I was going to be put on the 30 day “Employee Improvement Plan”. He asked me to tell him a plan right then. When I did, he asked if I could do it now why wouldn’t I have done it before.

At that point I lost all inhibitions about saying EXACTLY what was on my mind. You know, nothing left to lose. I told him, in front of Susan from HR, that it appears that he is trying to “poison the well”, and make it so I’ll either not have success or, if I do, I’ll be blamed for not doing it earlier. Susan from HR, who was actually a phenomenally nice and kind person, got it, and subtly agreed.

At that point I decided there was no chance, so drcided to see about working a deal out. Remember, I’d been there only eight months. Still, Susan pushed hard and got me two months severance pay, and a status of “Rehirable in another position”, and have the agreement explicitly say I was not fired and sm eligible for unemployment. But a lot of it was due to my telling my boss and him not doing anything.

At the last meeting he apologized for not even letting me tell him about the difficulties let alone helping me out. By the way, I consistently worked 12-15 hour days, on salary.

This taught me one huge thing: the articles on careers good for people with ADD aren’t all that helpful. What matters most is, are sufficient processes in place do you know how each type of task is supposed to be done, who to hand it off to, etc. If not, people with ADD will flounder. Processes are absolutely our friend.

I have lived reading all if your opinions and experiences. It really helps.

Michael Milligan
Layton, Utah
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PS I’d appreciate a copy of the PDF myself if you can.

Posted by oracledba on Jun 18, 2011 at 5:36am

I meant I have “loved” reading all your opinions. I’m writing this on an iPhone! grin

Posted by oracledba on Jun 18, 2011 at 5:38am

I live in Canada and work in the “helping” profession as well.  I am fortunate enough to have a good working relationship with my supervisor and other management.  I am also the president of our local union which puts me in a position where they constantly have to deal with me.  What I haved learned through being a Union executive over the years, pretty much dealing with all the grievances we have worked through is 1. The Duty to accomodate. 2. Descrimination.  I did not originally disclose to my employers my ADHD until I found out that if something did happen as a result of challenges/struggles and they were not aware of it before hand, You cannot bring it up after the fact!!!!  It is your responsibility to let them know and if you are struggling and bring it to their attention you are placing it back in their hands to help you become more effective as a worker.  Keeping in mind the limits to “Duty to accomodate”, and undue hardship is where it ends for the employer. I am unfamiliar with the labour laws in the US,  but here in Canada they have been doing alot of work over the last couple of years and last year in June it was mandated that workplaces post their company Policy and Proceedures ( I believe it is Bill 168) around Violence in the workplace.  So basically I wanted to share with you that I chose to tell them about my ADHD to cover my own butt,  and I have to say they have been very supportive. Although I have not asked for any accomodations I am quite clear about where my struggles are in my work place, and like most ADHD people it is with paperwork, especially stats for me!  Some have shared what works for them, which unfortunetly hasn’t worked for me.  I don’t think it was a surprise to anyone when I told them!  Unfortunately if you are like me,  you end up taking on way too much and everyone just keeps expecting you to step up to the plate!!!  So I guess what I am trying to say is that even though they know this about me they continue to consitently ask me to participate in extra work outside of my regular duties. Management as well as other front line staff know how passionate I am about my work with clients and fellow co-workers and just expect this of me.  Well now I am so burnt out I have had to take the next month off using my lieu time and holidays to do some self care and really try to do some work on boundry issues, as obviously that is huge for me!!!!  I only wish my family was that supportive of my ADHD and I won’t even go there right now!!!! I love my job and really can’t picture myself doing anything esle!

Posted by Wolfeyes on Jun 19, 2011 at 6:00pm

I told my work about my ADHD they tried every thing and anything to get me out.I also was discriminated against both sexually and for my adhd. I eventually was harassed so badly I was getting sick. I ended up just giving up and they let me go. I was young and niave when I started. I worked there for five years.now that I look back I wish I would have did something about it. Its been seven years and it still bugs me at times, but there is nothing I can do legally or otherwords as far as I know.

Posted by lizette on Jun 20, 2011 at 10:47pm

Lizette,

You worked there for five years and got that treatment, then let go. It shows that most of the time loyalty is expected in only one direction. They sure didn’t show you much.

Posted by oracledba on Jun 21, 2011 at 5:06am

I was ecstatic when I found I had ADD. I thought I was just stupid when I couldn’t keep up with the productivity of my RN position. This diagnosis by two psychiatrists made me feel more comfortable. My friends didn’t seem to care, they just accepted me. but at work it was difficult. My Boss gave me a bad review, my new boss appeared somewhat sympothetic but did not respond to me starting to take medication and improving my productivity performance. I had to leave this position for another reason, “Bad Building Syndrome” and started at least improving my health. My main problem is I could not tolerate being told I was not meeting the requirements. It reminded me of my Mother growing up and saying that I would never amount to much.
I have had probably 10 jobs in the last 6 yrs. I start and am praised for my work and knowledge and then something happens and I am brought in and reprimanded and I leave, sometimes in a non-professional way, other times with a two week notice. Most recently I started a position and on my first day with my supervisor, I did the ADD interruption when she was talking to me. She immediately stated, “If I had known that I wouldn’t have…... then corrected herself quickly and said, “Oh, I would have hired you anyway.”  She was on my case for everything I did.  It is like she started cataloging me. On my fifth day, I went by her office to say hi and she said she needed to discuss something with me. She asked me what the face and raised hands meant the day before. I had no idea what she was talking about. She and the other person working there are about 20 years younger than me and supposedly I teasingly said something about “you girls”.She jumped on that and said if you don’t remember what you did or said just yesterday, what are you doing with our clients when you are talking to them.  I took offense instantly, and told her to stop, I got up and started to leave, she demanded the company property which I handed over to her and told her I would send the rest. I left and met the Executive Director on the way out, I related the events that had just occured and he wanted an email to further investigate what I said… needless to say, he didn’t know how abusive she was. However, now I am looking for another job. I interviewed for one, and the headhunter was told, I was the one. Then a day later, they decided to interview more candidates. The headhunter won’t call me back. I don’t know if it was my frequency in jobs, a poor reference or what? I am between a rock and a hard spot, not knowing how to proceed. With my experience, I don’t think I will tell in the future.

Posted by medicalsleuth on Jun 21, 2011 at 7:00pm

I am a middle school PE teacher.  I am open with my kids, parents and coworkers about my ADHD (combined).  It has been nothing but positive and I can’t imagine hiding it.  I feel like I have the perfect job for me.  There are struggles… grades, meetings, deadlines, adjunct duties… But I never regret being open and honest.

Posted by Trae on Jun 22, 2011 at 12:30am

I can totally relate to all of you. My question is, what do you do about it ? We screw up and cannot say why, suffer consequences of it when we could be helped and avoided the situation hopefully. I have had to many jobs because of it myself but until a couple of years ago did not realize why I was doing this other than just being stupid and what is wrong with me ?

Posted by elizabeth white on Jun 23, 2011 at 8:37pm

It really depends on what type of work environment you are in and your boss. If your in a corporate work environment, its probably not a good idea to tell them. It leaves too many options for them to discriminate against you and fire you.

In my case, I work in a design/marketing agency as a Web/Graphic Designer. The people I work with are casual, down to earth, compassionate and understanding. Everyone at my job is aware that I have ADHD and is okay with it. As long as I do my job right, treat co-workers and clients with respect, and make deadlines thats all that matters.

At my previous design job I was a student worker designing in one of my alma mater’s departments. My supervisor there knew I had adhd as well. Mind you this was an environment that was a mixture of corporate and my current job. So it was okay to disclose this information. My boss at the time was also understanding.

But, those are the only two jobs wherein I decided to disclose my ADHD.

Posted by Kimlee on Jun 25, 2011 at 7:54am

Wow, I relate to a lot of this. In my last job (activities in a senior living community) I was hired part time on-call and was told I be full time as soon as there was a position. Well that was 2 years ago and I have been passed over for several F/T regular positions in my department. After being written up twice (for what seems mostly like ADD related things) I decided to tell my supervisor and her assistant director that I had ADD. I partly blurted it out thinking it would keep me from getting fired. They haven’t fired me but again passed over for positions and for the past 2 mos. they haven’t called me to come in at all. So no firing but…..I have been fired more times than I’ve quit and I’m not sure in a new job if I should tell them to cover my butt. I’m not even sure what they could do to “accomodate” me. I really enjoy working with seniors and the seniors really liked me. The issue was my supervisors. I thought I had found a job that was good for me and my ADD but now I feel like no job will be good for me even if I enjoy it.
Suzy

Posted by Suzach on Jun 29, 2011 at 7:45am

I am having a struggle at my job place concerning a boss I’ve had for the past year and a half.  He was an acquaintance of mine before he got hired and I did not know that much about him but had previously worked for him at a different agency.  From what I knew about him, he seemed decent and very intelligent and wanted to do a good job, so when the supervisor position I am under came open, HR asked me if I knew any one that would be a good fit (we work at a small non-profit company so it is pretty casual).  I suggested my (now) current boss and just left it up to chance of whether he got hired.  He did, and at first I was glad because he had a lot of new and creative ideas for improving the program we manage and he appeared to have a good work ethic based on being kind of rigid and decisive with matters of his opinion about different things.  However, now things are not good…

I was diagnosed with ADHD 6-7 months ago, and it has been a very rough ride.  It took a while for me to find the right dosage of medication, and because it is a two-person office (just me and my supervisor), I began to notice some things that I hadn’t before.  He has alot of the same tendencies as me (procrastinating, not getting projects done, poor sense of time, talks soooooo much, can’t remember things and misplaces things, etc.).  He absolutely has ADHD (untreated) and when I tried to tell him about mine around the time I was first diagnosed, he shamed me about it, but in a way that was personal rather than professional.  Because he considers us friends as well as coworkers, he is kind of rude and too crass with his comments at times and probably because of the ADHD, he has hurt my feelings about some things I thought were pretty important, but yet he does not want to listen and consider how they make me feel.

So, I told him I was not going to bring up the ADHD subject again, as it was apparent he had upset me and I made that known to him.  So, now, things are insane at our office and I am drowning in anxiety about it all.  He recently had a baby and he has no work flow going on at our office and due to him being on leave, I am at a loss to manage everything b/c of my own ADHD tendencies.  I’m on medication but it only helps to a certain point and when I ask him for help or to explain things more clearly to me (he is all over the place with his ideas and constantly changes his mind), he gets angry or is bewildered that I don’t “get” things the way someone else would.  He comes across as belittling and has no direct supervisor to keep him in check about what he is accomplishing and what he isn’t. 

He seems very insecure about his own (non-diagnosed) ADHD symptoms and based on the way he acted towards me, I am afraid to even bring it up that he has ADHD and his ADHD is really affecting my work because of him being the head of our program.  Everything is chaos, and he gets very defensive when I try to reason through his inconsistencies because he notices mine as well.  I’m struggling because he is the supervisor, I’m trying to take his lead so I can gauge where my own work flow needs to be so I am doing what he wants me to do, but he says it is my problem to find my work flow.  I need help!!!  How do I manage my ADHD and get my work done when he is not managing his and not willing to see it???

Posted by Golfer2828 on Jul 06, 2011 at 6:28am

why tell them they gonna pick up on it anyway

Posted by staceyatvt on Aug 19, 2011 at 4:22pm

im 48 now and i had adhd from errly childhood to me i feel telling them i have adhd dose not really matter so i do not tell them and anyway they pick up on it after getting to know me better and been there a while i had a staff member say to me when i was in a store shopping and after i was fired from the place"u have adhd huh? ” i asked her how she know and she replyed “its the things u do talking alot running around all the time ect ect ect its a classic case of adhd and all the staff know it too and the thing is they always talking bad thingsabout it behind ur back"she said to me and ive gone thoughT more jobs then u can shake a leg at the last job i had (as i feel heppens on all jobs ive had) after they pick up on it i ALWAYS get a few STAFF<ones whos above me > who like to RIDE my ASS all the time about EVERY LITTLE THING i do because they KNOW they can PUSH my BOTTONS to the POINT where i do SOMETHING without THINKING so they can get me FIRED im sure they all get there JOLLYS off it too<its called ABUSE OF POWER>i hate them all for that and TO ME I think they ARE nothing but a bunch of !#$@$ #@$ MORONS the bad part of it all there is not ONE THING we can do ABOUT IT ether what really PISSES me OFF is they get away with it every @#$!!!#@!#  time witch i think really SUCKS

Posted by staceyatvt on Aug 19, 2011 at 4:27pm

After an endless cycle of getting a job, learning and SEEMING to do well, receiving more responsibilities, making many mistakes then getting fired. I am also wondering if maybe it would just be easier to tell the job that I interview for that I have ADD.  Everyone I talk to says that if I did that, it would probably stop the interviewer from hiring me.

Posted by sweetchuckie on Aug 31, 2011 at 2:41am

I just found this article on careerbuilder.com:

http://www.theworkbuzz.com/career-advice/disclosing-a-disability/

Posted by sweetchuckie on Aug 31, 2011 at 5:28am

thats right if u go and tell the peroson whos hiring u have adhd they not gonna hire its a lot of crap but yeah its something they all do but in my case i lose ether way if i tel them they wont hire me <they wont say it to u ether>if i do they find out anyway as they get to know me they pick it up

Posted by staceyatvt on Aug 31, 2011 at 4:55pm

There are a lot of problems with the corporate world.  Telling them details that could be viewed as a weakness is not really a good approach.  The only reason to do this would be if there’s no other way to handle the situation.  As long as I can handle the situation without telling them, I won’t tell them nothing.

Posted by Loisen on Sep 13, 2011 at 6:37am

There are a lot of problems with the corporate world.  Telling them details that could be viewed as a weakness is not really a good approach.  The only reason to do this would be if there’s no other way to handle the situation.  As long as I can handle the situation without telling them, I won’t tell them nothing.

Posted by Loisen on Sep 13, 2011 at 6:37am

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