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Hi there. I'm just about to go back to teaching after 4 months absence due to WRS anxiety and depression but on a phased return starting at 25% of directed hours. I have come a long way from contemplating suicide on a number of occasions to where I am now. I'm curious to know if anyone else has done the same. How did colleagues react? Sympathetic or did people pre-judge your condition? Did some resent your absence and not really believe how ill you were? I want to be the best prepared I can be so any advice is welcome. I have already heard rumblings about what colleagues think I should be doing, where I teach (which class) when I go back etc. I have a return to work interview on Monday and know what I feel is right but I'm worried that I'll be pushed to fit in with what others think is right for me. Do people sense your weakness and see opportunities to exploit it to their own advantage or am I just being paranoid?
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