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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, six 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 listeners 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-have guide for family members whose loved ones are battling mental illness. Listen 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.

©2012 Xavier Amador (P)2016 Xavier Amador

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A different and seemingly more effective approach

This book outlines a different and seemingly more effective approach to treatment of mental illness. You will better learn the thoughts of the person whom you are trying to help (tormenting) and learn why the traditional approach is futile. Then Dr. Amadaor teaches you how to make his whole program work for you and your loved ones so you can pick up the pieces and move on with your lives. By focusing on common goals and listening reflectively (as opposed to reactively) you can start to put the pieces of your lives back together again. These are principles founded in emotional intelligence and winning other people over to your way of thinking. When you've tried everything else, try this!

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INVALUABLE

As an aunty living with and looking after a 22-year old niece with bipolar disorder, I find this book to be a MUST READ/LISTEN for anyone who has a family member or friend wth schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

All of the things you think you know about communicating DO NOT APPLY and you will frustrate yourself (and damage your relationship with your loved one) if you don't take the time to arm yourself with the proper tools. This book offers those very tools. I am so excited to begin having these conversations with my niece. That's something I haven't quite felt since she got sick and we went down this rabbit hole...

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Outstanding Book!

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This is an incredibly helpful book for those who care for or love someone with mental illness. Learn LEAP communication technique an invaluable tool to help someone with mental illness accept treatment, even when the person does not believe they are ill. The book focuses on real life challenges. The author has a unique background one as an expert (a psychiatrist) and one as a family member who understands first hand the daily challenges of having a mentally ill family member; his brother has schizophrenia. Real life experience and professional expertise rolled into one, an invaluable combination. This book is a must have for anyone who lives with or cares for someone with mental illness!

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inspirational teaching

excellent thought process, information and teaching spot on, inspirational and very well narrated. thank you

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Fantastic Book... Great technique!!

This book is straight forward, heartfelt and eye-opening! Author teaches a valuable skill. Truly helpful.

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  • 06-24-18

This is NOT the complete book!

I wanted to try audible via the free trial offered. Boy, am I glad I did! I realized only after buying the physical book that audible is not providing the entire “story” (pun intended). There are 20 chapters in the physical book yet only 15 on the audible version. I feel quite gypped! Causes one to wonder if they condense all their books.

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Very inspiring and Informative!!!

highly recommended for anyone who has a family member that struggles with a mental illness and who is resistant to treatment. also recommended for any mental health professional. Very helpful. Thank you Dr. Amador for this labor of love.

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For the first time I found out that I wasn't alone

I never realized how wrong I was about my brother. I lived so long in fear and frustration over my brother that I almost gave up until I read this. Thank you.

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Read this 1st when you learn a loved one has a mental illness,

I’m going to read it again and take notes! I listened while driving and wish I could have taken notes for all the great advice. I’ve tried a few of the suggestions already and had a great response. I’m going to suggest this book to be read by all the families in my NAMI Family to Family classes. I think it will be a great help in understand and talking with loved ones.

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Not the full book. Missing chapters 10-19

This is not the full book. Missing chapters 10-19. This is the whole part 3 and almost all part 4

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  • Caroline Drake
  • 02-10-18

Useful and interesting

A really interesting look at insight and how to communicate effectively in the abscence of insight.

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  • Jonathan
  • 01-04-18

A must for anyone interested with mental health.

i just wish the author would narrate his other books. He has an amazing voice, tone and speed. The infomation presented was outstanding and insightful. A must i belive for anyone interested in Mental Health from families to Doctors. Well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-17

great read

Very helpful great tips to improve listening skills and structure of responses to improve communication

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  • jdk
  • 06-26-17

A Context for Communication

Dr. Xavier Amador thinks people suffering psychosis may experience anosognosia caused by a deficit in brain function related to their disease. It is this deficit which makes them unable to believe they are sick and need treatment. This book is based on his years of clinical experience. In it he provides the reader with a framework for communicating with our "loved ones" who are experiencing psychosis and helping them to accept treatment.

While no panacea Dr Amador's framework for communication provides a structured practise for those of us seeking to understand and aid a "loved one" experiencing psychotic illness and refusing treatment.