Hello everyone, I'm new to joining the online community and I'm currently having a read through some of the most recent discussions.
I have to say, as a person with multiple hidden disabilities I've always come across mixed reactions; depending on who it was I was talking to. Thankfully I have some really supportive friends and family, however I have experienced some 'less than positive' reactions from others; for example employers. I've never asked for sympathy, just an awareness and an appreciation that my way of working may be slightly different to the 'norm'; I've often had the completely exaggerated 'poor you, how do you cope' which is really undermining given some of the roles I've successfully secured over the years to managers who have no idea and really should be far more educated about how to support people with hidden disabilities (in my humble opinion). That said, I would like to add that some employers are brilliant at this; its just that sadly, this isn't always the case.
Sorry I've gone off on a bit of a rant now! I think ultimately it depends on who you are disclosing the information to, the reason why you are telling the person and how you disclose it too.