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Discussion in 'Primary' started by pink_25, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Have posted this elsewhere too, 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?

    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. Didn't want to read and run...
    I think you have answered your own question. Health is very important and if you feel so overwealmed, maybe it would be a good idea to see a doctor and have some time off. Sometimes we are all guilty of keeping going even when we are absolutely ill and knackered. All this does is make matters worse. Don't worry about your future job prospects - if you don't take the time off now will you have a future in teaching? Your exhaustion may force you to leave the profession.
    See a doctor and have a chat - they may be able to answer some of your questions. Obviously, this is my opinion after reading your post!
  3. Hi
    The previous poster is right your health is really important and getting support and taking action sooner rather than later must be a priority. Better to have a short period of time now than months in the future.
    I really hope you get the support you need to get through this as you say it is a rough patch and things will get better with support - we all need that at times!
    Take care of you and try to find time for things you enjoy as well as work so you have things to look forward to.
    Flosspops x
  4. pjmteach

    pjmteach New commenter

    please look after yourself.
    In the short term some Rescue Remedy may help .. a flower essence from Boots or Health Shop. The Bach flower Remedy for 'Ovewhelm' that I got from Neal's Yard got me through the last Inspection a couple of years ago.
    I know a lot of people think its nonsense but I have found Homeopathy a real help in times of crisis.
    May be worth a go if you really dont want to go down the ' Signed off with Stress ' route
    Good luck x


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