When we are kids it seems like most interactions with adults are just endless streams of questions focusing around what we want to be when we grow up. It’s around this time when we start to think about our personalities, what we like and what we don’t like, and what we are capable of. Over the years we develop a distinct personality and we learn what makes us happy; these things begin to define who we are. Most people manage to hang on to parts of their younger selves, but slowly lose their grip on other parts, leading to the dreaded midlife crisis. Most people trade in parts of themselves for a better job, being a good spouse, or to have children; they become the husband, mother, or boss. But what happens when you are forced to focus your energy on a chronic illness? It becomes a defining feature in your life, often taking over completely.
I have been the victim of over-medication before so I’m glad the system is (slowly) becoming more transparent.
It’s a complicated issue, but I think John Oliver does a pretty good job covering it.
As a somewhat amusing side note, take a look at the Advair sales meeting at the 3 minute mark. Does anyone else think it’s ironic that they are spewing so much smoke into the air at an event to promote a drug for asthmatics?