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Workplace Stress

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 18, 2006
  • 11:31 PM

I elected to be hospitalized for treatment of anxiety/depression due to a work related situation. About 2 years ago, I started to have problems with co-workers who harrassed me due to a previous relationship I had with one of their boyfriends and I was harrassed due to the results of rhinoplasty. I sat and took harrassment for over 2 months and decided to request a change in seating arrangements to distance myself from these people, but became very depressed and had high anxiety and needed immediate intervention due to only getting 1-2 hrs of sleep nightly and losing about 30 pounds in 3 weeks time. I spent about 1 week in the hospital and returned to work and found out that my immediate supervisor called the hospital and found that I was seen for psychiatric care. I reported the incident to HR and since then, I have been labeled with an emotional disorder by my employer and have been placed off work pending psychological investigations. I know that things have occurred at work, but when I reported the incidents, they were denied by co-workers making me appear to be delusional. 2 company doctors have recommended that I be placed on an anti-psychotic and anti-depressant drug and have advised the company that I am a safety risk. My personal doctors have advised the company that I am fine and am not in need of any meds. I know that my company has a responsibility to safeguard its employees, but this over exaggeration of my mental health status has caused great frustration and I feel that even though I may be sensitive about people speaking negatively about me, I am only reacting in a normal way. My question is, has anyone ever gone through such an ordeal with an employer? I feel that since I have blown the whistle, that my employer is doing what a company usually does to a whistleblower and that is to paint that person in such a negative light and or have things said about them that will justify termination.

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  • I acn relate to your situation I also am very sensitive to comments and this is compounded by my manager who is basically a bully and was redeployed to her job for that reason, she gives everyone a hard time but particularly me I reckon it is because she can.... I have thought about going to HR but then who pays the price? it would end up being me........I have developed a rather unpleasant back injury which has caused me to be off work as I could hardly move my legs and now on my return find that I am on disciplinary or should I say capabilities it amounts to the same thing, I know this is being used as a tool to get me out of the job yuk yuk and more yuk after 29 years of un blemished work it seems I am not emploable anymore I dont know what the solution is, I just know it is very difficult to maintain self confidence and dignity in these situations.I hope it all works out for the better for you x
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2008
    • 00:20 PM
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  • You can talk with a lawyer about the legal issues regarding whistleblowing. Depending on what state you are in,they could just fire you, but seem to be trying to work with you. If I were you, I would begin to send out resumes and look for a friendlier work environment...yes, people can be really nasty at work and I have lost lots of sleep over jobs and work situations. I don't think you want to go the "disability" route. That doesn't pay enough money. Take up some hobbies or other interests to try to get your mind off of work. Good luck..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 24, 2008
    • 08:17 AM
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