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Stress

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by pink_25, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Have posted this elsewhere to, but thought I would post it here as not sure where it will be seen!
    Hi folks,
    I just wondered if anyone can give me any advice. I
    have been on anti depressants for some time now and normally things are
    ok. However lately, I have been feeling completely ovewhelmed and
    stressed. I feel like I am in a fog and can't see how to get out. There
    have been some things that have gone on at work that may have
    contributed to this, but I just feel useless. I now dread going into
    school and when at home all I think about is work or how down I am
    feeling. I generally feel exhausted and can't sleep properly, I often
    have headaches and feel sick. I am wondering if this is stress. I have
    always avoided taking time off work as I feel guilty not going in, but I
    am wondering if I need to get myself signed off for a while. I feel
    like I need to, but am struggling with the feeling of guilt of being a
    weak member of the team and leaving my class.

    If I do go
    to the doctor and get signed off, does the doctor have to say I am
    stressed or can it be marked as something else? Also, how would being
    signed off with stress affect my job and future job prospects? Is it
    something that will be held against me in future job applications?

    Teaching
    is something I love and I dont want to give it up, but if this is the
    cause I am willing to think of alternatives. I dont think it is
    neccessarily the cause and perhaps this is just a rough patch.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. xx
     
  2. Should have been 'too' not 'to'. ooops!
     
  3. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    I think a visit to the Drs is called for here. You need some stop time-time to just ccollect your thoughts and get some sleep. Remember sleep deprivation is a torture.
    It maybe that you need just a short time off, a week or so.
    For sleep, have you tried Nitol? I found them really useful when I was in a pretty dark place. They are non addictive but o the job, especially when taken with a hot drink after a warm bath.
    Good luck.
     
  4. Yes you definitely need to see your GP and explain how you are feeling. If you don't feel able to do that, print off what you wrote here and give it to them to read.
    As you say you have been on anti-depressants for a while, have you also had counselling? I have been in a similar situation a couple of times and some space away from school and counselling helped a huge amount.
    If you want to talk more, feel free to PM me.
     

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