The true life episode: I’m addicted to caffeine is about 3 young people that have become addicted to caffeine and can not go a day without a massive amount of caffeine. All thee individuals have suffered from a major health issue from the toxic levels of caffeine they consume in a day and have been warned by doctors they need to drastically reduce or quit caffeine all together. 2 of the people because addicted to caffeine at a young age to help with staying awake during long night shifts while working. Once their hours were lengthened the people started consuming caffeine in dangerous levels to stay awake and make money. The third person was taking caffeine to keep up with a busy day of work, taking care of young children and his nighttime hobby of ghost hunting. I think True Life purposely uses all three types of narrative stances at some point in time during the video to help capture the largest audience possible. However, most of the video is centered on the quest narrative. This shows a difficult journey for the individuals but they all feel they can overcome the problem and see a self-transformation. They do not necessarily have a bad stigma in the world because caffeine is a legal drug and people don’t get a bad high off the drug or make them appear crazy in any way. Caffeine is also such a common thing with the amount of people who consume coffee, soda, and energy drinks. The only people that tend to notice are those whom are with you all the time. Each of the three have different experiences with medical professionals. For example one girl had seizures from an overdose and was hospitalized and is not under the care of her mother. Another person in the video went to her doctor because she became pregnant and did not want her baby to be hurt nor did she want to feel pain in her kidney, as had previously been the case. None of these people play a stereotypical sick role in the video. All of them are trying to prove they can live a normal life and those around them are not causing symptoms to increase, decrease, or change to what someone consuming would act like. Illness narratives help individuals and their families cope with what is going on in their life. Talking about situations such as A.A. meetings mentioned in class lectures help those afflicted. It also allows others to not feel so alone. Illness narrative is again mentioned in the class reading about women who suffer from chronic pain who recall their story and personal take on their “illness”.
Lecture 4.1 Experiencing Illness. Week 4: Experimental Approach.” ANP 204 course website. http://anthropology.msu.edu/anp204-us14/week-4-lecture-1
Lecture 4.2 Illness Narratives. Week 4: Experimental Approach. ANP 204 course website.http://anthropology.msu.edu/anp204-us14/week-4-lecture-2/
Werner, Anne, Lise W. Isaksen, and Kirsti Malterud. “I am not the kind of women who complains of everything: illness stories on self and shame in women with chronic pain.” Social science and medicine 59 (2004): 1035-45.