New Book Review: I Am Not Sick; I Don’t Need Help!

How can family members cope with a loved one lacking insight? How can they get a loved one needed help if the loved one doesn’t acknowledge the need for help? Many family members in the maelstrom know the frustration of getting an oppositional loved one to do what might be good for them, at least as the family members perceive. Those in the earlier stages of their psychodysseys may feel particularly stressed by the apparent futility of talking a loved one out of his delusions or into a treatment for an illness he refuses to believe he has. In his classic work, I Am Not Sick; I Don’t Need Help!,  clinical psychologist and Columbia University professor Xavier Amador proposes a simple technique. It is called LEAP, for Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner. PsychOdyssey’s review of Amador’s book appears here. To see all PsychOdyssey’s book reviews, click here.

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