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Disability Narratives

Verity has recurrent depression. She has experienced different managerial styles, but she finds that her current employer is flexible and understanding about her working part-time and taking off hours for her appointments.

Portrait of VerityBackground

at the time of the interview – 2016

Verity works as research coordinator for the Critical Care Research group in the Nuffield Department of Clinical and Neurosciences. Ethnicity: White British.

Extended biography

at the time of the interview - 2016

Verity works as research coordinator for the Critical Care research group, which is part of the Nuffield Department of Clinical and Neurosciences. She provides administrative support for a number of projects, including managing project timelines, organising the project teams, preparing ethical and regulatory submissions, and acting as a point of contact. She’s been in her current role for nearly a year. Before that, Verity worked as librarian for a decade.

Verity has recurrent depression, and has experienced lengthy periods of feeling unwell. During those periods she struggled to work full-time, as going in to work and maintaining a professional attitude left her feeling exhausted. Verity reflected that it was not always obvious to other people that she was not well, as she would hide her upset and distress from colleagues. She would therefore not appear like a ‘stereotypical’ depressed person to people at work. 

I think it's quite important to talk to your manger early on, as soon as you know that there's a problem. Because it's much easier to talk to somebody while the problem's small, than when it gets to a big stage.

Verity feels that her current workplace provides her with the flexibility she needs to manage her condition. She finds that her line manager is happy with her working part-time, and is understanding when Verity has to take time off for healthcare appointments. She feels that the line-manager’s style can make all the difference. She finds it particularly helpful when managers are also knowledgeable of available support services and encourage people to go to their GP.

Biography at the time of the interview - 2016