Good morning. As you might be able to tell I am currently off work...with stress related issues. The situation that led to me being in this position is complex; but the symptoms of breaking down in tears every morning in my classroom, being physically sick with worry, tiredness, very erratic sleeping patterns (from most of a day to none) etc ultimately led to lack of ability to do anything including my job and function in normal life. So my GP signed me off work, for a period of time and I began to feel myself and realise that my job had had a larger effect on me than I thought, I put things into perspective and decided that life is not meant to be as hard as it was. Then as it got closer to the end of my period of time off my symptoms began to return...and I was signed off for another period of time. During which I handed in my notice...and made some positive enquiries about supply teaching in September. *sigh of relief* Here I am waiting for my next GP appointment (a week away) panicking about the fact I might have to face going back to the horrendous situation at work. All those feelings of anxiety and panic are returning, and surely this can't go on. It's just a vicious circle of recovering a bit but then getting worse again, then recovering slightly and... Any way, I just selfishly wondered if anyone could offers advice, or share their story because this is driving me mad. I don't think it helps that I've always been a 'grafter', it doesn't sit well with me having time off work. Thanks for 'listening'