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 learn, using a step-by-step plan, how to convince someone with mental illness to accept treatment.
"This book fills a tremendous void…" wrote E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., about the first edition of I AM NOT SICK, I Don't Need Help! Ten years later, it still does. Dr. Amador's research on poor insight was inspired by his attempts to help his brother Henry, who developed schizophrenia, accept treatment. Like tens of millions of others diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Henry did not believe he was ill.
In this latest edition, 6 new chapters have been added, new research on anosognosia (lack of insight) is presented and new advice, relying on lessons learned from thousands of LEAP seminar participants, is given to help readers quickly and effectively use Dr. Amador’s method for helping someone accept treatment.
I AM NOT SICK, I Don't Need Help! is not just a reference for mental health practitioners or law enforcement professionals. It is a must-read guide for family members whose loved ones are battling mental illness. Read and learn as have hundreds of thousands of others…to LEAP-Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner-and help your patients and loved ones accept the treatment they need.
"I strongly recommend this book for [both] families and therapists."
Aaron T. Beck, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
Part I. The Truth about Denial of Illness
1. A Common Problem
2. Staying in the Game
3. The Root of the Problem: Anosognosia
Part II. How to Help
4. The Right and Wrong Approach
5. Learning to LEAP
Part III. What Should Happen Next
11. When to Force Treatment
12. How to Do it
13. Dealing with the Betrayal
14. The Surprise