Hi, Just wondering if anyone can offer any advice / friendly words really. I was signed off sick nearly two weeks ago due to stress /anxiety issues. Work wasn't the only cause, my OH and I have been trying for a baby for the last 6 months or so with no joy and we went through a sticky patch before Christmas where we nearly split up. We're in a better place now but the anxiety is still there. Have struggled with work really since returning from my first maternity leave. I went back too early if I'm honest, although had no choice due to finances. Although my little boy is now 4, I feel that my head hasn't been in the right place for a while and my performance has been questionned in the past, but I've always bounced back. I though I was doing ok at work, recent scrutinies of work and planning had come back well but I had an unsatisfactory lesson in front of our SIP, which is what prompted me to go off. My doctor was really supportive and said she was amazed I was still standing with everything I do. She signed me off for two weeks without question and I'm due to go back and see her today. I don't feel ready to go back to work. I know I have to at some point but I was hoping to stay off until half term. Work have just assumed I'm coming back this week, sending me my weekly plan and other things planned by my DH. I also think they, and others, just think I'm being overly dramatic and hiding away at home not facing up to things. The thought of phoning in sick again, and having to explain this to my HT or DH makes me feel sick. I am feeling more like a normal person being at home. A better wife and mother. I know this isn't a long term solution and that ultimately I need to get a new job (my hope was that I'd be going off on maternity soon enough but that doesn't look like happening!) Sorry for rambling. Any advice how I can tell work?