I have a chemical imbalance in my brain (mental illness – specifically, Mood Disorder, Paranoid Personality Disorder, and Generalized Depression) for which I have been taking antidepressant medication for about a week. In the four years previous to this, I had tried behavioral modification to no avail.
I will now cut to the chase. I was an office martyr and trying to overcompensate on my duties to the point of crying, shouting, and being frantic (sometimes I didn’t remember what I did). I also shared too much information about myself to co-workers. As a result, my reputation has been tarnished (however, Management knows I am getting medical intervention for my mental illness, and being that I work in a mental health facility itself is also an advantage).
How can I regain my previous good reputation among co-workers? Very few people respect me there anymore, and I feel bad about it. Is it one of those things where silence and the quality of my work will speak for itself and they will respect me once again?
(Sorry this is so long.)