January 16, 20159 Comments

“Connecting the seen and the unseen worlds,” by Deborah Smith Parker

DRUG DU JOURWhen I become so disgusted with a situation, I find it helps me get out my frustration by compressing it all into a tightly metered and rhymed poem with a good bite to it. I spent several years working in the behavioral health industry—and believe me,  it is an industry! I wrote this poem about the time I left it. I never published this until now. Enjoy!

By Deborah Smith Parker

Today the care in mental health
Generates a growth in wealth
For pushers of the sleek brochure
Who tout their latest drug du jour.

They tell us that a psychic wound
Means chemistry must be retuned.
They exorcise our inner devils
Manipulating our blood levels.

But what of their dispersal arm,
The shrinks, do they feel no alarm
That no one now pulls up a chair
To sit with patients in despair?

Insurance pays for mega-doses
For depression or psychosis,
But they don’t probe or delve below—
Just patch them up and out they go!

People drug stitched ‘round the edges
Feeling hopeless jump off ledges.
Does anyone now seek a cure,
Or just the latest drug du jour?

Deborah Smith Parker is a professional astrologer and writer on many subjects. She is author of the newly released (2014) “The Horse that Haunts My Heart” and (2010) “Humanus Astrologicus,” both available in paperback and Kindle. To sign up to receive her blog or follow her on Twitter (@astro_logicus) and Facebook click to the right of this post.
Comments are always welcome.

About author:

Deborah Smith Parker is re-writing the often impenetrable language of astrology into a much friendlier form. She has spent her 30 plus years as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and lecturer freeing the rich astrological images and their descriptions increasingly buried under modern clinical and technological descriptions. Her additional work in public policy has provided many outlets for demonstrating her ability to break down highly complex systems into information that’s easily understood.

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9 Responses to “DRUG DE JOUR”

  1. Candi Sary says:

    This is excellent, Deborah! You’re right on.

  2. Wow, Deborah! Human as machine – repaired and back to work…sort of…until it breaks. Thanks!

  3. Jill Estensen says:

    I was horrified, years ago, when a friend of ours received HUGE cash awards and vacations after he had prescribed the most of a certain drug. My Mom, who’d been a pharmacy tech for 40 years, was likewise horrified, couldn’t believe her ears. All in the name of greed and at the expense of our health.

  4. Na'ama says:

    This is fabulous. Thank you! So very true and so very sad when that becomes the one way for healing to be had…

  5. Karen Hawthorne says:

    Yes, this is one my favorites of your poems, and sadly more true, not less true, than those years ago.

  6. Beth Newcomer says:

    As Karen says, this poem is even more true now than when you wrote it.

  7. Dan Valentine says:

    While agressive medication management is still prevalent, my work in today’s psychiatric facility includes the development of a “patient and family-centered” recovery model as an essential element of patient care. For more details, check out the Planetree intiative that is rapidly becoming the new gold standard for all hospitals. Our facility is currently on the journey to become a Planetree designated behavioral health (BH) facility. By the end of the year, we hope to be the second designated BH facility in the nation.

    The rigorous survey will require demonstration of active patient advocacy; that is, patient input into designing care (a novel concept, right?–ask the patient what works for them!). In addition, we will highlight our healing environment which includes gardens, alternative therapies like yoga, relaxation/stress management groups, drum circles, music therapy, etc. Many other components are included as well such as open visitation and open medical records.

    in summary, there is hope for the behavioral healthcare “industry”. Many of us have the passion and influence to move the field out of the primitive, dark ages and into an enlightened approach for treating the whole person with dignity and respect.

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