I am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help!: How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment / Edition 3by Xavier Amador
Pub. Date: 06/25/2010
Publisher: Vida Press
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
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.
- Vida Press
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- 10th Anniversary Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Table of Contents
Preface to the 1st Edition xi
Preface to the New Edition xv
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
Literature Cited 152
Research on Cognitive Therapy for Schizophrenia 156
Recommended Books 157
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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.
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.
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.