I am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help!: How to Help Someone With Mental Illness Accept Treatment
An internationally sought-after speaker, he has been an NBC News Consultant and Today Show Contributor, and has appeared on many other programs as an expert in psychology: e.g., ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America; CBS 60 Minutes; NBC Nightly News, Dateline; CNN, Fox News, Court TV, A&E, and PBS among others. The New York Times, L.A. Times, USA Today, Washingt...more
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
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
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.
It's already an unsurmountable task trying to communicate with unmedicated patients or family members. This book makes it a little less da...more