You don't need a 'formal' dx to have legal protections, but it helps. In the meantime, if it's really difficult, you may need to get HR/OH/your union involved to make sure managers recognise their obligations.
I have a lot of exp in this area. Got dx age 27, 32 now. Have inattentive form of ADHD. Years of hr and work probs until I got dx then medication and a job and boss/hr team that supported me. Message me if you want any help and strategies on how to sort this
The problem goes beyond simply job performance, reputation, cv history and references are a nightmare. Even if treatment works 100% it doesn't help get work and a lot of employers want 3-4 years reference checks and credit checks. The longer this goes on for the worse it gets...
If treatment works 100% then you are in a position to rebuild those things.
I did it without treatment, more by luck than judgement, I will admit but it is possible. I do still struggle though. It causes so much stress balancing people's perception of my performance with my actual knowledge of it! It makes me feel like a fraud and a slacker. When in reality if I do really have ADHD it is a god damn testament to my determination that I have achieved half of what I have!
A little perspective on medication/treatment......
It definitely isn't 100% in any way and you will always have ADHD.
I'm six years into treatment and I'm a big improvement on what went before but it's constant work on finding how to be 'better'.
Medication is just a step forward, as long as the side effects are tolerable.
But it was the single biggest step.
I never expected it to be really, I was just responding in kind to Amblyman's post. I just wanted to balance things a little. If medication helps me focus and be more effective even a little, I will be very happy.
My point was that it is not all as doom and gloom as some would have us believe. Yes it sucks to be us a lot of the time, but that doesn't mean we should give up or stop believing that we can make things better. Medication or not.
How many jobs we have lost lol. The old have to laugh or we would cry thing?
It is no laughing matter that in the current economic climate jobs are scarce and where I always used to be confident something would come up not so much now. My last 3 jobs I had withdrawn before starting because of 'problems' during induction so what do I do now? I was due to be interviewed the other day by someone who started the degree course after me and I have to say I have never been so angry, embarrassed and hurt as this before in a long history.
Yes I know medication isn't a magic wand but if I didn't have an escape valve right now I am in danger of doing a breivic sometimes:(
With an ADHD diagnosis, they will be much more chary of ruling you out during the application process. You also have the potential to boost their diversity quotas. See what happens when you point out you are disabled, and that while you had problems in the past, that was on account of your undiagnosed disability. You're clearly very talented despite your problems - is there really so much more to be lost than gained by going in on that basis?
I'm still waiting for my diagnosis so 'officially' I don't have it but I and my psychologist know I do.
My lack of attention and focus is getting me in trouble at work, my supervisor keeps needing to have a 'sit down' with me about my performance.
I've told him I think it's ADHD and he appears to sympathise but what is the legal standing if one of my ADHD-fuelled screw ups gets me looking at dismissal?
I wish I knew about ADHD in my last job. I assumed I had an unusual form of depression and couldn't fit the type well enough.
Tell them all you know about ADHD and they SHOULD have a meeting to see what reasonable adjustments they can make to accommodate you (this might include getting meds) They MIGHT wish to confirm that you have ADHD in which case you can insist that you see a specialist in ADHD to assess, in which case it could by-pass the NHS waiting and get meds quicker! In any event, insisting that you have ADHD should put enough doubt in their minds to get a medical opinion. If it is a typical crappy occupational therapist, point out the NICE guidelines which state that diagnosis should be made by a specialist.
My life would be totally different if I had known about ADHD 4 years ago!