Barbara worked in an office for more than fifteen years. She worked excessive amounts of overtime, and was verbally abused by her boss. She finally had a breakdown (panic attacks, anxiety, and flashbacks on office interactions). Barbara is now on disability leave from her work organization. She is on medication and is seeing a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist.
Our Response: Our approach to workplace counseling is a non-blaming one and we do not, ourselves, favor legal recourses to most situations (because of blacklisting among employers who may designate you a litigious person and keep you from getting rehired)....but we do suggest that it is best to see an attorney immediately in order to learn of legal options.
Find an attorney (through your local bar association) who has labor/employment law credentials. In your instance we would suggest finding out (if you haven't already) the very specific stipulations or conditions for returning to work at the office. That is, what the office requires in order for you to return to work.
Then with the assistance of your counselor, deciding if you will be able to meet the requirements if/when you return. Deciding if you can meet the requirements means can you, mentally/behaviorally, adjust and adapt to the requirements with your counselors help. This is a decision to be made, even though difficult.