I am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help!: How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment / Edition 3

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Overview

In this updated edition of Dr. Amador's best selling book, you will learn why so many people with serious mental illness are in "denial" and refuse 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.

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What People Are Saying

Gerry Spence
"How do you help those who are convinced they need no help, much less yours? This book takes you by the hand and the heart and leads you an understanding that gives you the power to help. I know of no other book even in the same league."
Trial Lawyer and New York Times Best Selling author of How to Argue and Win Every Time
Pete Earley
"Dr. Amador's [book] gives practical advice and hope to those of us with a loved one who is battling a mental illness. It provides readers with an easy to understand blueprint that can change and save lives. My copy has never made it onto a bookshelf. I keep it on my nightstand for easy reference."
New York Times Best Selling author of Crazy: A Father's Search through America's Mental Health Madness
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967718958
  • Publisher: Vida Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/2010
  • Edition description: 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface to the 1st Edition xi

Preface to the New Edition xv

Introduction xvii

Part I The Truth about Denial of Illness 1

1 A Common Problem 3

2 Staying in the Game 12

3 The Root of the Problem: Anosognosia 21

Part II How to Help 37

4 The Right and Wrong Approach 38

5 Learning to LEAP 46

6 Listen 50

7 Empathize 79

8 Agree 89

9 Partner 99

Part III What Should Happen Next 107

10 Treatment 108

11 When to Force Treatment 115

12 How to Do It 125

13 Dealing with the Betrayal 137

14 The Surprise 145

Acknowledgments 149

Literature Cited 152

Research on Cognitive Therapy for Schizophrenia 156

Recommended Books 157

Resources 158

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2010

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    This clear, concise book takes the fog and mystery out of mental illness that haunts the families and loved ones of those with the disease.

    Xavier Amador writes as both a professional in the mental health industry and also as a layman with personal experience of having a loved one suffering from mental illness. With that in mind, his book is amazingly capable of speaking clearly to both the professional and the family who are dealing with someone with mental illness.

    The book starts with some basics of the medical condition and expands from there to bring the reader to a better understanding of why the mentally ill person is often in denial of his or her own disease.

    The next section takes the reader thru Mr. Amador's system of Listening, Empathizing, Agreeing, and Partnering (called LEAP). Over traditional methods of treatment, the LEAP method appears to be much more effective in reaching someone with mental health if your goal is to see them accept treatment and function better in society.

    The last section is an overview of the complexities of commitment for the mentally ill.

    The book is a little light on research for this system (possibly due to the newness of the concept in this established industry), yet it is full of personal examples from his own practice as a mental health professional. The lack of statistics and research may also make the book more readable to the layman, who is probably more likely a family or friend of the one with mental illness and who would benefit greatly by learning a better way to interact with the mentally ill person.

    I would highly recommend this book to professionals as well as the layperson with a loved one with mental illness. It counteracts some of the stigma and fears about mental illness and teaches a practial method of communication that ultimately will help both the patient and reader.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    This is a wonderful book to read. It completely taught me how to

    This is a wonderful book to read. It completely taught me how to communicate with my sister. This is a must read for anyone who has a loved one with a mental health illness. I can not recommend this book more or reiterate how much it will improve your relationship with your loved one.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Excellent - a must read for anyone interested in better communication with someone with a mental illness

    I am now reading this book for the second time (This edition). I want to understand the methods described in this book so that can implement them effectively. It sounds easy but I really need to read the examples in the book over again to better understand how to do it. It's tough for my 31 year old son to cope with his mental illness and if I can relate to him better by using the technique in this book then that gives me hope, and we all need hope.

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