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When someone has an acute depression and cannot get out of bed, counseling is not the right approach. (File image)

DR. ELLIE CANNON: How do I help my depressed husband get out of bed?

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My husband is very depressed. He refuses to get out of bed for a week and has missed work. The doctor says that counseling must be waited for six months and he does not want to take antidepressants. What do you recommend?

Unfortunately, I see many cases of major depression in practice. The mental illness can get worse quickly and it can be difficult to know where to go for urgent help, but a visit to your doctor is a good start.

When someone has an acute depression and cannot get out of bed, counseling is not the right approach.

Instead, they must be referred to the local Mental Health Care team.

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These are a team of psychiatric professionals who offer quick intervention, usually within a day and even at home.

When someone has an acute depression and cannot get out of bed, counseling is not the right approach. (File image)

When someone has an acute depression and cannot get out of bed, counseling is not the right approach. (File image)

This can be life-saving if someone experiences suicidal thoughts and prevents them from being admitted to a psychiatric hospital – something that many fear.

Long waiting lists are an obstacle in some areas, but treatment for depression, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, is available everywhere, so keep asking.

If someone is not leaving their bed, consider online therapy.

Many general practices offer free digital programs via a website called IESO Digital. There is also an app called What & # 39; s Up that offers cognitive behavioral therapy-style exercises – both this and the website are very effective.

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Depression is often the result of other problems in life, such as financial problems, family problems or housing problems. GPs can also refer patients to community resources, such as groups and services that support these problems.

I am a 68-year-old very healthy woman who trains three times a week and has a healthy weight. My hips still hurt. It hurts when I walk long distances and I have to sit down. Do I have arthritis?

Every 68-year-old has a certain amount of wear and tear on their joints, also known as osteoarthritis – the most likely culprit for achilles tendon hip.

Being healthy is a good defense, as long as you don't overdo the exercise.

Every 68-year-old has a certain amount of wear and tear on their joints, also known as osteoarthritis - the most likely culprit for achilles tendon hip. (File image)

Every 68-year-old has a certain amount of wear and tear on their joints, also known as osteoarthritis - the most likely culprit for achilles tendon hip. (File image)

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Every 68-year-old has a certain amount of wear and tear on their joints, also known as osteoarthritis – the most likely culprit for achilles tendon hip. (File image)

Although regular physical activity reduces stiffness in the joints and bones, intensive fitness regimens strain the joints and can cause arthritis.

Instead, focus on strengthening muscles to support joints with low impact exercises.

Do you have a question for Dr Ellie?

Send an email to DrEllie@mailonsunday.co.uk or write to Health, The Mail on Sunday, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT.

Dr. Ellie can only answer in a general context and cannot respond to individual cases or give personal answers.

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If you have a health risk, always consult your own doctor.

Swimming or cycling are great options, and then warming up and stretching is absolutely necessary.

Other joint problems can cause painful hips – ligament inflammation, impingement syndrome, or bursitis, with fluid swelling in the joints. In these cases the pain on one side will be clearer.

A consultation with a doctor or physiotherapist will determine the exact cause. Scanning the hips with an X-ray can diagnose arthritis or bone damage, but little else.

However, a more detailed MRI scan can detect bursitis and ligament problems.

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Initially, all these disorders are treated with specific exercises, rest and anti-inflammatory medication.

Fighting the loneliness epidemic starts with installing more public toilets on our streets.

A nationwide deficit means that thousands of Britons will not leave the house in case they are caught, according to the Royal Society of Public Health.

This is a constant battle for my patients who suffer from conditions such as bowel disorders, prostate problems and diabetes.

This is not just a matter of convenience. It is a serious health problem.

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