After losing my last job due to ADHD 4 years ago, we've gotten to the point where we're desperate and I have to go back to work. The last job, and how I was terminated, was so stressful that I have mild PTSD and still suffer nightmares and anxiety and panic attacks when I think about being in an office again, or go anywhere near where that office was.
Truthfully I don't know that I can be a good employee, or that I won't make a horrible mess of things, even though I'm now medicated and under very good care by my doctor and therapist. (I was diagnosed 2 months after my last job ended - I was a loose cannon!) There are several open ended questions on a job application that I would need to answer, and if I'm honest, the answers will paint me to be a total nutter because of my ADHD. If I lie, I'm a liar. And I'm just not a liar. But I NEED this income.
I've spent the last four years learning how to be a Real Person, understanding what I can do and where my difficulties are, and those difficulties are not so good for a working environment (mostly pretty rough social skills, trouble with authority, wandering off, that sort of stuff). I don't want to gloss over this, say it won't be a problem, or say that I have no problem at all. My strengths are significant but the fact that 20% of the time I'm going to be in another dimension is pretty off-putting to a potential employer. (But OMG when I'm ON I'm SO DAMN ON. like one place had to hire three people to replace me kind of on)
What to do? I hate to lie, but I am garbage at diplomatic language. I don't want to mess this up but I don't trust myself not to. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!