Our expert says:
Firstly, though it's useful and pleasant to be FRIENDLY with the folks at work, it's far from necessary ( or likely ) for them all or mostly, to be friends. Congratulations on beating the social phobia. First impressions, though, are indeed inclined to stick. You can gradually change those impressions by changing your behaviour, showing your pleasant nature, and just being more affable, until they, well,"aff".
Have you discussed with any of them the fact that you had this condition which made it very awkward for you, but have now controlled it with the help of treatment, and wish you could start again ?
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