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Preview — I Am Not Sick I Don't Need Help by Xavier Francisco Amador
I Am Not Sick I Don't Need Help: How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment
Whether you are a family member, friend, or therapist, you will find hope in what the new research reveals and learn a step-by-step plan that shows you how to help someone with mental illness accept treatment.
The central idea is that many who are mentally ill do not believe there is anything wrong and because of this don't see a need to take the medication they need to live thei ...more
The only things of interest:
That a mentally ill person's conception/perception of themselves is stranded in time and therefore is cut off from important new information - especially when that information cannot fit - so they can't help but ignore or explain away any evidence that contradicts their self-concept.
That there can be pockets of unawareness and poor insight into their own symptoms and condition. P ...more
This book has helped me regain the relationship with my brother which I thought I would never have again. Understanding the principles of this book gave me insight into th ...more
Amador has a brother with schizophrenia and has a PhD in psychology - he's very well versed in dealing with mental illness. The book gives great suggestions about how to help someone living with mental illness. There are dialogues, and journal ...more
Anyway, Amador does a really great job in explaining the difference between lack of insight and stubbornness and highlighting the fact that the main cause of treatment noncompliance, at least in the case of schizophrenia, is more often the for ...more
Concise and practical advice on how to manage interactions with people with mental illness.
The author shares the practice of the LEAP method, from both a personal perspective, and a professional perspective.
A must read, for anyone who is struggling with the challenges of interacting with a mentally ill person.
It's already an unsurmountable task trying to communicate with unmedicated patients or family members. This book makes it a little less da ...more
E -- Empathize & normalize
A -- Agree (disadvantages and advantages of treatment)(to disagree)
P -- Partner on goals you both agree on
Even with the numerous typographical errors, I will reread this book many times.