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How To Tell Your Boss You Have ADHD


There are approximately 8.7 million adults living with ADHD in the United States. Although ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders, there are still stereotypes that make it hard to be open about having ADHD at work.

According to the American Psychological Association, ADHD is a “behavioral condition that makes focusing on everyday requests and routines challenging.” ADHD is usually diagnosed in early childhood, and sometimes gets overlooked in adulthood. Having ADHD at work can be tough because you may feel hesitant to tell your manager.

Board certified physician and ADHD clinical expert Dr. Sasha Hamdani believes people do not disclose their ADHD out of fear of being treated differently by their employer or colleagues. “People are afraid of not being thought of as capable or component in a workplace,” she says. “Stigma comes from a place of misinformation or lack of education about ADHD. A lot of times it’s preconceived notions that aren’t accurate.”

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