I could have had the best sleep of my life, but it will feel like I didn’t sleep a wink. I work a desk job, but by midday, I feel like I’ve been doing hard labor, and all I want to do is go home and sit on the couch. Due to this constant exhaustion, I have to have music playing or streaming something when I’m at my computer. If it gets too quiet, I might fall asleep.
Listening to music also helps me keep my mind distracted when my chronic pain is really bad. It also help levitate my mood when my depression symptoms show up or calm me when my anxiety takes over. In other words, listening to music makes me more productive at work.
Problem is that management doesn’t always understand and sees my headset as a distraction from work instead of the other way around. It was clear there was a wrongful belief that my disability was behavioural and that my behaviours were intentional and manipulative.
Unfortunately, for many people with disabilities or special needs see the consequences keep coming at them, negative reviews and warning based on what management sees as behavioural issues instead of disability. Many don’t see any possibilities for problem solving or flexibility.