How to return from another mental health week?
June 14, 2010 10:16 PM Subscribe
I'm a special snowflake going back to my job after absences caused by my funky brain chemistry. How can do this in the least awkward manner possible?
posted by mrsshotglass to Work & Money (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Due to some episodic bouts with anxiety and depression, I'm currently on an intermittent leave of absence from my job. The days I do make it in are often spent behind a closed door so i can limit my interaction and distraction of coworkers.
This time around, I've been out six straight work days (during my busy season t'boot) and i haven't really kept up with my emails either. But tomorrow, I'm hoping to make a not so triumphant return to work.
My questions to the hive mind fall in the area of, how the hell do I cope with going back? I hate how folks get all inquisitive like, and I'd rather not answer the 'oh, feeling better?' question. But I think my closed door habit just makes things worse. To top it all off, prior to this stint, my one good work friend stopped talking to me. Yay work.
On the other side of my crumbling office social life, there's the actual work. My absences are finally catching up with me and I know that I've been holding up certain projects. And tomorrow, I expect a line forming outside my door of folks with questions or angry words. Im going to have to really dig myself out from under the backlog and quick. Im a procrastinator by nature, have ADD, and am prone to panic attacks so my backlog has snowballed into my own personal Everest. My fear of being overwhelmed is starting to be a factor in my absences in some sick vicious cycle. Any suggestions in how to tackle a crapload of work without succumbing to my sporcle addiction?
I have a fab job at a company I can see myself staying with for the next decade or two. I don't want to spend those years as the weird chick who rarely shows up, I already played that part during high school and college. Please hope me get through my reintroduction to the workplace!