I am a 46 year old male, diagnosed with asthma just over 3 years ago. Up until the last few months it has been mild only requiring 2 brown pump dosages a day. But the last few months it has got worse and I have had a chest infection which has exacerbated my asthma a lot. I have been on steroids (prednisolone) and amoxicillin which have eased the symptoms but i am still wheezing, coughing and bringing up sputum. i am now also taking the blue pump regularly - as much as 6 pump dosages every 6 hours on the doctors orders. pre-asthma i always had a strong chest regularly playing football and badminton. now i can't anymore. maybe because i developed asthma in adulthood it came as more of a shock than if i'd always had it since childhood. but it's really beginning to get me down. its also affecting me at work as i have to give a lot of presentations and lately im often coughing and spluttering throughout, and my voice projection is not as powerful. all in all the asthma is getting me down! is it common to feel down about yoour asthma, and how can one overcome the negative feelings?