I gave up my job to care for my sick wife but now I feel useless

DEAR DEIDRE: I GAVE up my train-driver job to care for my sick wife but the drop in money is horrible.

I used to bring home hundreds a week but now I earn a pittance.

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Once all the bills have been paid there is not a lot of money left.

I am 59 and my wife is 61. We have been married for 30 years.

She battles with several health issues and struggles with simple tasks for herself or around the house.

It seemed the right thing to do to look after her but somehow I feel useless and I don’t know why.

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I struggle with depression and feel like contacting our doctor about how I feel. But what would he do?

Can you help at all?

DEIDRE SAYS: You are a kind and caring man but the demands of being a carer can take a huge toll.

Life can feel like it’s all about meeting the needs of others while yours are neglected.

Please speak to your GP about how you are feeling. They should advise you on treatment options.

For financial advice, get in touch with Turn2Us (turn2us.org.uk, 0808 802 2000).

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