So sorry to hear about the work situation and what seems to be a need for management to start managing . . . having said that, I know that this type of situation can have a profound effect on those of us who suffer from anxiety . . . I am not a med professional so I cannot address the issue of being on meds . . . I know that sometimes meds take time to work for some people and that there can be side effects . . . with respect to that, I would suggest that you check back with your doc and ask about the side effects and whether these reactions subside with time or ask about the dosage, etc.
As far as not going to staff meeting and being forced to go, well, for me, that is a personal decision depending on you . . .I have missed a meeting when I was experiencing anxiety or having a panic attack because I felt that was in my best interests and I was criticized for putting my needs ahead of those of the so-called team . . . as far as I was concerned, having me at a meeting when I was experiencing anxiety/panic (and it only happened on two occasions) would not have been much help to the team and, as well, if this particular team was a team then they would want to support me . . .we weren't a team but merely a group of individuals who had a so-called team leader who used team meetings as an event for control . . . in any case, you do need to consider your decisions in terms of what is best for you from my perspective if you can . . ..
If it is possible, ask for a referral to a specialist if your prescribing doctor is not a specialist and perhaps to a counsellor . . . at least, check back with your doctor about your reactions to the meds . . . .and, please keep in touch and let us know how you are managing . . .take care, kc