AN insurance worker who said he had ADHD, which often caused him to lose his cool, has lost a disability discrimination claim against a Blackburn firm.

Anthony Hannon, who worked at Organic Insurance in One Cathedral Square, alleged he was told by a specialist he had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

He claimed his condition meant he was "often misunderstood and branded stupid and dim" and this had lost him a number of jobs, a Manchester employment tribunal heard.

But a judge has ruled that an assessment by a Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust expert, Malik Heys, did not indicate he had ADHD.

And the hearing was told a further check over whether he had suspected Asperger's Syndrome, with the Action for ASD charity, had been inconclusive.

He also said his condition left him frustrated when attempting daily tasks such as using mobile phones or locking up the house.

Mr Hannon insisted he had been diagnosed as having "special needs" while he was in secondary school. But he said his parents had not sought a special needs assessment.

A medical assessor, Kirsty Gorman, said that "in ADHD the difficulties with attention, restlessness and impulsivity are both pervasive and persistent and what Anthony describes are more transient problems."

Representatives for Organic said Mr Hannon's evidence did not disclose any "substantial adverse effects but merely difficulties that many people had in the normal course of events".

The tribunal heard there was no corroborating evidence for his disabilities, and no firm diagnosis had been established.

Dismissing Mr Hannon's claim, Employment Judge David Franey said that "the matters in the disability impact statement were very limited and very few cogent examples were provided.

"It was full of examples of the notes the claimant has taken in order to remember matters, either at home or at work were provided, there was no corroboration from his partner as to his difficulties, nor was there any reference to difficulties with social interactions with others."