If you are an XXY individual or perhaps a parent or sibling of one, we would be interested to hear of any issues you may have experienced in a workplace environment. Perhaps in your working life you were undiagnosed and wished work colleagues were more aware of shortcomings you might have felt that made it difficult to cope. Or maybe you are presently in the workforce and find yourself having to adapt or make changes to an established way of doing things that got the job done, just not in the way it was intended or explained to you.
For those who were diagnosed and fully aware or still coming to grips with XXY limitations, did your workplace implement changes to your environment which made it easier to do your work, or were you too embarrassed to mention XXY for fear of being ridiculed or made fun of, or worse being made redundant.
When thinking about that experience keep in mind the cognitive challenges 47XXY individuals might experience, such as anxiety, depression, impaired social skills, behavioural problems such as emotional immaturity and impulsivity, attention-deficit/hyperactivity/Inattentive disorder (ADHDi), and limited problem-solving skills (executive functioning). Also how as many as ten percent are on the high end of Autism Spectrum previously classified as Asperger’s.
While we realise all or none of this may apply to you, or that you never experienced any difficulties, the chances are as we progress through life we often find ourselves reflecting back on our lived experience and that some aspect of what we have mentioned did creep into your every day life or did play a significant role except maybe you weren’t aware there was a name for how you were feeling.
Please share with us, your experience and if you could go back in time, what changes would you have implemented so that work was more of a pleasure and not a constant strain of extra effort and wondering if you were good enough.