I've been off school since half term now. A change in timetable tipped me over the edge and I initially went off for two weeks. I hoped that my HT would reassure me about what changes would be made so that I wouldn't be stressed when I came back (i.e. timetable changed back) but that was not forthcoming. My GP then signed me off for a further number of weeks as I was still suffering the same symptoms as before. At first, I had not even considered handing my notice in. I just wanted to resolve the timetabling issue. I would have liked to discuss what a phased return would have looked like but worried that once I said I was better, I would be given the same timetable that made me ill in the first place. The longer I've been off, however, has made me think that a change would be beneficial and since making this decision, it feels like a weight has lifted from my shoulders. However, having had no experience previously of WRS, anxiety or depression, I do not know whether I should be making big decisions like this or whether I should keep visiting the GP for more notes. Friends and colleagues who have had WRS (there are surprisingly many) have advised me to 'park' all decisions like until I have had time to recover. I don't know how long I need to recover. Is 4 weeks enough? I've gone from not wanting to leave the house and sobbing all day to actually being able to get up and out and haven't cried for a week. Actually that doesn't sound very long! I do not have the physical symptoms of chest pains, palpitations, muscle spasms, stomach aches any more and these are the reasons I went off. I probably know that I am not in a good enough state to face a classroom yet but my alternative plan would be supply teaching. I feel guilty for being off for weeks and getting paid and feel like I should only come out during school hours so that I don't see anyone I know for fear that I'll be accused of skiving. Even as I type this, I know it sounds silly, but there is such a lack of understanding about WRS, including amongst my SLT. I could stop dithering and just do it and find that it was the best decision I ever made but something is holding me back. I'm due to have some talking therapy sessions soon which will be helpful. I don't feel comfortable however, having more time off if at the end of it, I'm just going to hand my notice in. I would feel like I've been stringing everyone along. Has anyone else had this exhausting inner dialogue - i.e. considering resigning whilst off with WRS and then feeling better enough to return to work - and returned to work successfully? Apologies for the rambling - (albeit therapeutic). Just don't know whether I'm taking this decision too soon and need to take a bit more time.