Lack of awareness of the behavioural disorder has meant many people found it difficult to hold down jobs. But proper diagnosis and support are allowing more employees to make the most of their talents
â€˜As an employee, I wasnâ€™t very good because I was inconsistent,â€� says Jannine Harris, 44, from Northampton. â€œIâ€™m brilliant, and then Iâ€™m rubbish. And thatâ€™s obviously frustrating for an employer to contend with because they donâ€™t know which Jannine they are going to get.â€�
Harris says she lost, or left, more than 40 jobs before she settled in her current role at Billing Brook school as a special needs teacher. â€œIâ€™ve been dismissed from so many jobs,â€� she says. â€œThat was the cycle of things. The only time I managed to hold down a long-term job, before my current one, was when I worked for myself for six years, but I only managed 13 months in a job prior to that.â€�
Iâ€™m brilliant, and then Iâ€™m rubbish. And thatâ€™s obviously frustrating for an employer to contend with
I spent the last 30 years thinking I was inferior, because I found it harder to do things that most people take for granted
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