NAMI Ask the Expert: How To Help Someone With Mental Illness Accept Treatment

JAN. 29, 2024

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Thursday, February 15, 2024, 4:00pm - 5:30pm ET

About half of all people with schizophrenia, bipolar, and related disorders suffer from a symptom that leaves them unable to understand that they have a mental health condition. This is a symptom of these brain disorders, not denial! As such, how we approach and communicate with people who have this symptom, called anosognosia, makes all the difference. In this presentation, Dr. Amador describes how common anosognosia is, its impact on people with mental illness and their families, and most importantly, how we can help the person accept treatment.

 


 
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Elbogen HeadshotXaiver Amador, Ph.D.

Founder & Director of The LEAP Institute Visiting Professor at the State University of New York Adjunct Professor in Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Utah

Website: https://www.leapinstitute.org/

Dr. Amador is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist and leader in his field. His books, published clinical research, worldwide speaking tours and extensive work in schizophrenia, bipolar and other disorders have been translated into 30 languages. He is also the CEO of the Henry Amador Center on Anosognosia and a family caregiver of two close relatives with serious mental illness.

Author of many popular books including I am Right, You're Wrong, Now What?; I am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help!; and, When Someone You Love is Depressed: How to help without losing yourself; Dr. Amador draws on thirty years of experience as a therapist, his personal story, and published scientific research when giving advice.

His work as a leading individual, family, child and couples' therapist has been featured on PBS NOVA, ABC Prime Time Live, and NBC Bravo where he has been filmed doing psychotherapy with couples and individuals.

His expertise has been called upon by government, industry and the broadcast and print media where he has appeared as a frequent expert for CNN, ABC News, NBC News, NBC Today Show Fox News Channel, CBS 60 Minutes, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Cosmo, Wall Street Journal and many other national and international news outlets.

He is the Founder of the LEAP Institute.