Ask the Doctor: I'm Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!

Nov. 03, 2016


Learn why some people living with mental illness believe they don't need help or see obvious symptoms, and how this can become an obstacle to helping them get help.

Dr. Amador will share information on overcoming this common obstacle using LEAP—Listen, Empathize, Agree and Partner. With LEAP, a person can quickly gain trust, lower anger and tension, develop genuine understanding and empathy making it possible to partner with a loved one and help them receive treatment.

Dr. Xavier Amador is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist and leader in his field. He is the author of many popular books include I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help about the LEAP method to overcome lack of insight into mental illness. It has been helping families help loved ones for years. 

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NOTE: We’re sorry. At the presenter’s request, the recorded webinar does not contain the previously included short video. 

Joe Reilly
Can I download your book from NAMI?
12/11/2017 5:29:19 PM

Dr. Amador, I really wish you had left the webinar up. I would have really liked to hear what you had to say.
11/16/2017 9:40:38 AM

Timothy Musawwir
6/5/2017 9:42:00 AM

Mitchell Beck
What would you think of a man who was so principled that he never stooped to feigning mental illness in an effort to win free disability benefits, even though maybe he could have? Sure, I guess, I could have rustled me up some doctors so unscrupulous as to be willing to go on the witness stand and solemnly swear I am unable to exercise adequate judgment, I am delusional, I have no insight into my problems, I am incapable of attending to my basic needs, and I actively hallucinate. Those lies are already a matter of public record. In good conscience, however, I felt I could never have been so low as to hide the facts that I own a nice home, I graduated with honors from college, I bathe daily, I have held a job for most of my adult life, I brush my teeth, I drive a Mercedes-Benz, I eat three meals a day, I am kind, I am loving, and I am funny. Despite the considerable weight of expert opinion behind me, I truly doubted a favorable verdict of insanity could have been reached, even if I tried. Maybe I could have pulled it off but I will never know.

As principled as I was not to feign mental illness to win free disability benefits, I still wondered if maybe I could do it in another way. After careful consideration of all possibilities, I thought of a novel way I could claim disability benefits in a more honest, genuine and ethical way. To my knowledge, I may be the only one who has ever been so brilliant as to claim intelligence as a disability and succeed. The claim has gone unchallenged, I think, because I have never pretended to be more disabled than I actually am. The beautiful thing about it to me is no matter what I now do with my life, whether it be writing a novel, creating a work of art, or becoming a rock star, no one can ever accuse me of fraud or deception. In fact, it would dishonest for me to pretend to be anything less than gifted. Okay, I know my skeptics still describe me as having delusions of grandeur but, I’m sorry, they are wrong. I am exceptional.
12/15/2016 4:07:24 AM

12/6/2016 4:44:58 PM

I object to Jeanne Smith's objection.
People who have no credentials in science need to stay out of the discussion. That includes the 500 plus attorneys in both Houses, the Congress and the Senate. We have an entered an unfortunate era of distortion and the ignoring of facts.
12/3/2016 11:04:15 AM

Betty Day
I hear this comment often in support groups and it's difficult to know what to say or how to respond. I'll try the Listen, Emphasize, Agree, and Partner - though I don't yet know what the partner part is all about . . .
12/2/2016 6:44:31 PM

Buck Sanchez
12/2/2016 11:36:35 AM

Jeanne Smith
I object to your promotion of this man who espouses the use of a brain-damaging animal tranquilizer (ketamine) to "treat" people who have been labelled depressed. Any poisons at all are acceptable for subduing people who don't obey the official standards for emotional expression.
12/1/2016 11:48:31 AM

Mitchell Beck
The word for denial of a mental condition is “anosognosia” and it comes from the Greek word for disease (nosos) and the word for knowledge (gnosis). It literally means “to know not of a disease.” The word was coined by a French neurologist named Joseph Babinski, who I remember from school as having an infant reflex named after him. Several times in my life doctors have accused me of suffering from a lack of any fundamental awareness of or insight into my supposed mental illness. My only response to them is if a condition called anosognosia truly exists, they have to accept the possibility that they are terribly wrong about me and are so delusional that they don’t even realize it. It works both ways.
11/30/2016 10:55:35 PM