Peter's Wednesday Interview Blog - Interview with Dr. Vissio - Head of Psychological Services at the World of Entopia.
Hello, my WOE Friends!
We're at the half-way point of our week already. We're also almost at the end of the month and the summer season has officially started.
I have attached the latest HR Picture: You're not Perfect.
The WOE Cares Need to Know topic for this week is Borderline Personality Disorder.
Although Mental Health Month is wrapping up, we will continue to offer topics on mental health periodically in the WOE Cares Need to Know section. We invite you to go to the National Institute of Mental Health whenever you would like to know more about a topic. You can find their link on the bottom of this post or in WOE Cares section.
If you haven't read the WOE Short Story: My Best Friend, Abby, you may want too. It's a story about a teenager who has schizophrenia and hallucinates about someone being her friend. It is located in the WOE Short Story section.
This week's WOE Interview/story is with Dr. Vissio. He is the head of Psychological Services at the World of Entopia.
I hope you enjoy it!
"Dr. Vissio, I am glad you took the time to meet with me and to tell us what is so important about your department and how important it is to the WOE."
"Hi, Peter. I'd be happy too. I am a board certified MD and specialize in Psychiatry. I also have a Ph. D. in Psychology and a Masters in social work. I've been practicing for over 25-years. The psychological services offered here at the WOE are extensive because they need to be.
We have seven people in our department, four of them psychologists (including myself). We have three social workers/counselors. All of our doctors in the medical facility have extensive training in psychology and can spot warning signs and offer immediate help whenever needed. All of our management, supervisors, and security all have many hours of mental health training.
Our department concentrates on those who have some sort of disorder or mental health problem. We offer support groups, one-on-one therapy, and many techniques to help everyone cope with a loss, anxiety, phobia, traumatic episodes, or any other issue they may have.
Every WOE Employee and Entertainer gets a routine physical every six months, not yearly. And fifteen minutes of the exam is spent talking with them. If a doctor feels they may need to follow up with us, then they simply walk down the hall and into one of our offices.
This applies to anyone who needs or just wants to talk to any of our staff. No appointment is necessary but helpful. They can see the therapists or doctor of their choice, close the door and sit and talk.
We have Employees and Entertainers that may have a concern and will text or e-mail their therapists for a quick question. We also offer a 24-hour helpline."
"I understand that seeing a therapist is not necessarily confidential, just the patient and doctor conversation is. Is that correct?"
"Yes, There is and should be no embarrassment in seeing a mental health professional. Just as there is no embarrassment in seeing your eye doctor or dentist. Nobody is embarrassed to have their computer worked on, right? Well, your brain is a supercomputer, equipped with emotions. Unlike computers, we can feel empathy, love, heartbreak, loss, etc. No other computer, even ones with artificial intelligence, can match the human mind.
Most mental illnesses can be brought on by a combination of heredity and environment. Many kids and adults may have experienced brutal trauma in their lives.
The problems they have are often not their fault. The reason many people won't seek help is because of the stigma many still have about mental illness. Before we understood what was really going on in the mind, and before new medications were created to help with hallucinations and other effects, many were scared of those who had disorders. Even now, people may picture mental hospitals based on what they've seen in movies and TV. They may be scared to seek help because of what others may think of them.
There is also not enough financial support to help. We need much more funding to hire more mental health staff nationwide and with our veterans, who are still suffering from the effects of combat."
"I have a family history of mental health disorders, and I've seen doctors who don't always do the best job to help their patients. They tend to `short change' them, and many hospitals will keep them until their insurance is about to run out."
"Yes, You're right, Peter. But this happens throughout all the medical community. Some doctors do unnecessary surgeries. Hospitals are going to try and charge you for everything they can. There are abuses, and we need reform and accountability in all the medical community, not just psychiatry.
I worked in private practice and saw patients at a local mental hospital. I was appalled at how little time many doctors spent with their patients. Very much like when you're hospitalized with a medical condition, doctors may come in and review the patient's chart, write a quick note, and leave. Maybe not even seeing the patient. And many can be very hard to get a hold of when the patient needs medication.
I also didn't like the way many of the patients were treated by the staff. Many mental health techs had only a high school diploma and were paid minimum wage. They were the ones who spent the most time with the patients.
One day, I was visiting my patients at the hospital, and after seeing all of them, I was asked by the director to come to his office. He told me I was taking too long with my patients and needed to make my sessions much quicker. He said other doctors were complaining that I made them look bad. Plus, they only had one room for us to meet in, with 30 patients.
I couldn't believe it. These people needed to talk to me. To get help. They were at their worst. Couldn't I spend 30-minutes with them every few days?
When I heard about the World of Entopia opening, I sent my resume in hoping for an interview. I told them what I envisioned for mental health and how important it was. Three days after I e-mailed my resume, I heard a knock at my front door. My wife opened it and let them in. To my surprise, it was two Employee Scouts and Steven C.
He wanted to meet me personally and said he was intrigued by what I had to say. He told me his family also had mental health issues and wanted a superior program that no one was embarrassed to use."
"`I don't want any WOE Employee to have to call a confidential number to get pre-approval. I want them to be able to call and get in the same or next day.`"
"When I told Steven C. I would like them to also be able to walk directly into our offices, he said, I believe the WOE will be a far better place to work and live with you in our family.'"
"Thank you, Steven C. and the World of Entopia. We are all feeling mentally better because of you!"
Thanks for reading! Until next time,