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Him and me versus the pharmaceutical PTB

Him: pained, pitiful, confused.
PTB: aloof, arrogant, condescending.
Me: emotionally drained, struggling.
Pharmaceuticals: compliant, do as instructed.

What about compassion?
Healing through feeling?
Ownership and accountability?
Recovery as we journey to discovery?

Him: shaking, weeping, beseeching.
PTB: knowledgeable, but so far removed.
Me: frightened, teary, bone-weary.
Pharmaceuticals: not the solution, most of the problem.

How has empathy vanished?
Effort is given no credit.
Take this now, or else, is the mantra.
Medicine as threat represents terror.

Him: isolated, restrained, slurring.
PTB: lines of miscommunication are blurring.
Me: anxious, tense, opposed to pretence.
Pharmaceuticals: noxious vapours to render people dense.

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I’ll defer to Anna Quindlen, of The New York Times: “People who are knowledgeable about poetry sometimes discuss it in that knowing, rather hateful way in which oenophiles talk about wine: robust, delicate, muscular. This has nothing to do with how most of us experience it, the heart coming around the corner and unexpectedly running into the mind. Of all the words that have stuck to the ribs of my soul, poetry has been the most filling.”

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    RVRFNXover 3 years ago

    Such a strong poem Debbie! And the story is so true, so wrong and sadly so common. I’m glad you wrote this out :) and I hope things get better for those involved.

  • Thanks Rowan, my writing of late has largely centred on mental health and pharmaceutical concerns. Appreciate your kind comment xxx

    – msdebbie

  • emmyjewel
    emmyjewelover 3 years ago

    this is amazing. raw, honest. i really do agree with u and can relate too.
    pills to cover up symptoms
    pills to alleviate side effects of those pills
    pills for withdrawal from pills that have lose effect
    oh dear… what a mess. there are the odd rare healing through feeling caring professionals out there.. just damn hard to come by. i hope you and loved one gets the help u deserve xo

  • Thanks for such a wonderful comment emmyjewel. Really appreciate it.
    I tend to find writing cathartic and we are no longer enduring in-patient treatment, so back with family and friends everything feels that much easier xxx

    – msdebbie

  • Karirose
    Kariroseover 3 years ago

    Well expressed from both points of view. I remember the years of “take this or else”.

  • Yeah, bloody terrible really. I hate the threat value of such a mentality x

    – msdebbie

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaalmost 3 years ago

    thought provoking and great writing

  • Thanks so much shadowlea xxx

    – msdebbie

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