My experience with disabilities and disclosure

I think disclosing your disability in a work setting is a very difficult decision. In my experience with chronic migraines, anxiety, and depression I have struggled to admit to myself and others that I have invisible disabilities. In college I struggled to admit that I had a disability in general. It wasn’t until I was assigned to read the book “Claiming Disability” by Simi Linton. This book explains disclosing disability to others as a coming out process. I started simply by telling some of my friends and classmates what I was dealing with. I was so scared they would see who I was behind the normal, smart and almost perfect image that I tried to portray. My friends hugged me and told me that I was being silly they still cared about me and would do what ever they could for me. My professors told me I could get accommodations if I needed too.
In the adult world I didn’t disclose my issues in the interview, but did talk to my boss after I was hired. I told my boss that my issues where mostly under control but I would let her know if I was struggling.