DEAR DEIDRE: IT is driving the family crazy the way my husband has been reacting to the whole Covid-19 situation.
For my birthday recently he gave me handwash and a mask.
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I’m 58 and working from home. My husband is 65 and has become really negative since retiring.
He is jealous of people in better jobs or who have bigger pensions than he has.
Once the pandemic struck he was constantly looking at the news and glued to the Government’s daily briefings.
We stay home, do our daily walks and wear masks to the shops but he goes on about catching something on droplets of air.
He’s so lethargic now too. He no longer washes and eats only what I fix for him. He’s not who I married but thinks counselling is silly.
DEIDRE SAYS: He may have lost his identity along with his job and become depressed. Covid gives him the sense his glum feelings are normal.
Tell him you are worried about how low he is clearly feeling and be firm that it is vital he sees his GP.
Talk to him about putting his intelligence to good use now he has retired, through voluntary work or check out the University of the Third Age (u3a.org.uk).
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