Peter’s Wednesday Blog – Interview with Sam – A 25-year-old man suffering from mental illness visits the WOE on a family vacation and experiences something he has never felt before.
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This week's Wednesday Interview is with Sam.
I met Sam and his parents on their recent vacation to the WOE three months ago. After their fifth day, Sam started to change in ways his parents never seen before. They wanted to share their story with all of you.
I hope you enjoy Sam’s Story.
“Sam was very young, maybe around eight, when we realized he wasn’t making friends and playing with all the toys we bought for him for Christmas and his birthday,” his mother told me.
“I just didn’t enjoy playing with things for long. After a few minutes, I would get bored,” Sam said.
“As time went on, his symptoms became worse, and he needed to start seeing mental health doctors. They put him on medication, and it did help for a while, but as he grew older, he would have to keep getting it readjusted. When he was in high school, things really became bad,” His mom said.
“The kids found out I was seeing a psychiatrist and made fun of me. They said I needed to see a ‘quack,’ because I was ‘crazy.’”
“Mental illness has this stigma, you know? People think that you’re so different because you need to see a therapist. But what about people who need to see doctors because of other reasons? I guess if you walk funny, talk funny, or look weird, they’ll make fun of you for that too.
But it still doesn’t have that same stigma as mental illness does. And yet, more people need help. Kids today are more stressed than the last generation. Most of that is from social media. How many Facebook Friends or Instagram or Twitter Followers does one person has compared to another? Social media can make someone really popular online, which translates to being really popular at school. You can be so popular, it’s like being a star.
In my experience, the way many patients are treated with mental health issues are terrible. There is usually not enough money to hire more therapists, and some Psychiatrists and some mental health hospitals operate just like most any other business or hospital; money first!
When we came here on our vacation, I started to feel really sad. I didn’t want to go to the Complex, see any shows, ride any of the rides, nothing. I just wanted to lay in my bed and sleep.”
“Then,” his mom said, “while we were eating breakfast on our third day, a waiter asked Sam if everything was okay. Sam said no, and the waiter asked him why. Sam told him he felt depressed because all he could do was watch everybody else have a good time, but not him.”
All these people were laughing, smiling, and yelling with excitement. Even my parents. I didn’t want to spoil anyone’s time, but I wasn’t into it. I just wished for the vacation to be over quickly, so that we could go home.”
“He looked forward to this trip for so long. He loves magic and the laser shows, the parade, and attractions. But he just wasn’t feeling it when he got here,” his mom said.
“The waiter suggested Sam see the doctor in the medical clinic. And believe it or not, when Sam agreed, he came back with an appointment already set up for Sam that morning.
We were taken to the medical facility and met this wonderful nurse, named Jessica. She took all of Sam’s information, then led us to an office where we met Dr. Matterson. He is both a psychiatrist and a psychologist. He spoke with Sam for about an hour and asked if he could start him on some different medicine to help his mood.
The next morning, Sam woke up and came knocking on our bedroom door, saying, ‘Hey, sleepyheads, wake up! We have a lot to do today, and I’m pumped up and excited.’
We haven’t seen Sam this happy and full of fun, in maybe ever,” his mom said.
“I have never felt this good in my life! It’s like Dr. Matterson found the right medicine after all these years,” Sam happily explained.
“I’m telling you Peter; this is some vacation. Sam is having the time of his life thanks to the WOE. “
I asked the mom and Sam what the medication was that Dr. Matterson prescribed. They told me they didn’t know because it was only made here in our pharmacy.
I asked how they would be able to get refills, and they said, “They would send them to us, free of charge.” But they also said, “There could be a time where Sam may not need to take it at all.”
I recently received an e-mail from Sam. He told me, “I’m enjoying life, medicine free!”
Thanks for reading! Until next time,