I'm off school today with extreme anxiety and a constant panicked feeling. My doctor has prescribed diazepam but it isn't really making me feel much better. My chest is tight and painful, i'm out of breath and feel like I'm struggling to breathe. I'm normally a very calm and confident person so feeling like this is making me feel alarmed and at the moment I don't see how this feeling is ever going to get better. I don't feel like I'd be able to cope with going into school for the rest of the week, maybe not even before the end of the term. Just walking to the shops to buy some lunch today was a struggle. My doctor has offered to sign me off sick for the rest of term if necessary. How is my school likely to react if I am off sick with anxiety? Will all of the other teachers in my department find out the reason why I am absent? Will I be at risk of losing my job? The anxiety isn't related to school so I'm worried that people will think I can't cope with doing my job when in fact that isn't the problem.