Christian, a 31-year-old based in New York City, lost his job in late 2022. However, he was not surprised by this. He knows that his management consulting tasks have fallen behind due to his attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Many people with ADHD have challenges at work. For example, some people find it difficult to make appointments or maintain a clean workspace. Others are always on time and neat, yet they keep interrupting people when they’re talking. One of the negative side effects that can make people with ADHD experience an unpleasant emotional state is self-judgment. This is because some people may believe that ADHD is only a problem for kids. As a result, many employees instead use “masking,” which includes holding back many of their basic impulses in order to blend in with their coworkers.

Due to the rise in ADHD diagnoses over the last ten years, more people can now request support from their employers. Additionally, some managers may be more open, especially if they are experiencing the same in their families.