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The benefits of revealing neurodiversity in the workplace

By Emma Jacobs

26 Feb 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Despite the disclosure of a diagnosis being a fearful or sensitive issue for some, many are opting to exist more authentically in the workplace and challenge outdated perspectives. The FT reports.

Michael Queenan used to retreat to his bed for the weekend at least once a month. “I was just physically and emotionally exhausted all of the time,” says the chief executive and co-founder of Nephos Technologies, a UK-based data services company. “It just got worse and worse and worse.”

The cycles of fatigue, which made him “much more direct, much more blunt”, proved a medical mystery until last October, when he received a formal diagnosis of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The burnout was due to sensory overload, including in social situations, and the effort involved in masking autistic traits.

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