So– you have a condition– a disability, an addiction, or something like that?
Do you admit to it? Do you “go public”?
There are disadvantages. A family member reminded me that employers vet candidates nowadays, online and on social media. So, if you are open about your struggles, there are people who might find out who could hold them against you.
When I admitted to my schizophrenia, I was mostly worried about my job. I was worried that my co-workers might treat me differently.
Honestly, there was a period of adjustment. I think that people suspected that something was different about me, anyway.
After a few weeks, they are back to depending on me, and asking me questions about things. Allowing me to contribute without judgement.
This is definitely a testament to my co-workers. They are an amazing group of people.
Dare I suggest that this is also a sign of de-stigmatization? That our culture, our society, is beginning to accept that behind closed doors, people have had struggles, through our whole history? That is is ok to admit to these issues, and to work together to deal with them– or at least, to live and let live?
I do have that hope.