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How do I regain a positive reputation with my co-workers?

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.)

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4 Responses to “How do I regain a positive reputation with my co-workers?”

  1. Mikescilly May 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Hopefully you are now stable, maybe you should initially talk to your boss about your illness. If your boss is a good one he or she should seek advice to help out with employing you.
    If your work colleagues are worth their salt they should understand and try to support you.
    Honesty and openess are the best policies in my view.
    Good luck

  2. Carrera997s May 17, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    FCUK EM,just get on with your work,the only person you should worry about is your Boss,as long as he/she is happy with you then all is well,fcuk your co want respect Earn more money than them,Work Longer hours then them DON’ go down their level Aim higher then Them,co workers are the scum of the world They have a habit of making other peoples lives Miserable..fcuk em all dirt bags PRETENDING to be your best friend when they wouldn’y hasitate in kicking you in the face when you down…

  3. Old Mister Happy May 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    OK short answer, this isn’t your main problem at this point and will only side-line your recovery efforts. You have to deal with yourself, not other people. Only your actions LONG TERM are going to make them think differently of you and some of them will never.

    You are being counter-productive by coming to a forum like this, as well, when you should be seeing a professional. You’ll have idiots on here giving you all kinds of advice about how to fix everything, and none of us have enough information about your situation to even have a clue. A week is barely cutting the surface, don’t try to move too fast, because you’ll simply fall on your face. Worry about taking your meds, and going to your counseling. Do the best job you can at work, and try very hard to begin to keep your personal life personal. You are at work to make money to support yourself, not as a social outing.

  4. tyrsdottir May 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    A reputation is easy to lose and hard to regain. It will take some time.
    Focus on your health and doing things the way you believe you should, and it will come around for you eventually.
    Don’t focus on the past or your reputation. Simply move forward.
    Leave people be (don’t push them to accept the new you) and respect their hesitations. Let them come around on their own, and they likely will. It’s a new day, and today is the first day of the rest of your life. Learn from the past, and keep moving forward, and all will go well.
    I wish you strength and health.

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