I thought I'd throw this out there... Like I've said before, I'm first year & the veteran teachers have told me that this year is all about "keeping your head above water". (sigh) I hate the stress... I don't think I've felt this continuously anxious & exhausted & near tears over as long a period of time as I've felt with this job. I don't sleep well, and I've started having nightmares. I'm tired even when I get 8hrs in bed...mostly bc I keep waking up & tossing and turning until i mangage to get back to sleep.. What I'd like know is.... has anyone sought professional help for dealing with stress/depression because of teaching? Does it help? Or does it just turn into just "one more thing" to make time for in an already ridiculous schedule?