We know the Don Draper type. We went to college or graduate school with them. Despite being screwed up they did well professionally. Because they did they attracted an attractive mate. Then came the limitations of middle age. They began to hit walls and couldn't handle all that. Those walls included the women on the side no longer so eager to please them. Their core competence, be it creativity as with Don or leadership as with others, falters. They turn to dabbling with drugs as Don is doing.
Some make it out of that transition from golden boy to limited middle aged men. Most don't. To exit this emotional and physical limbo Don will need the support of a real human being. It could be his daughter Sally. It could be his former soulmate the psychologist. It could be a compassionate Peggy.
The suffering is palpable on "Mad Men." The bravado seems forced.