This is a great opportunity if you have a loved one who is bipolar or has schizophrenia. Dr. Xavier Amador – clinical psychologist, Columbia University professor, internationally sought-after speaker, and author of I am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help, will be on NAMI’s “Ask the Doctor” monthly call with host Ken Duckworth, M.D.
This call will be tomorrow, Friday, May 24th from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm EST.
You will be able to ask him questions. He will be talking about Anosognosia. Anosognosia is the inability to perceive that one is ill due to impairment to the brain’s ability to see oneself accurately. It has been identified as the single biggest reason why more than 50 percent of people living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder refuse treatment, and when they do accept it, often stop after days or months have gone by.
To access this call, dial 1 (888) 858-6021 and press pass code 309918#
Don’t forget to bring your questions for Dr. Amador! The doctor has personal understanding of this situation because he himself had a brother who lived with Schizophrenia for many years. As a result, Dr. Amador developed a method that has had great success in helping individuals accept the treatment they need. He explains it in his book mentioned above. It’s called the LEAP method. This method is so successful it is being used by both mental health and law enforcement professionals, as well as family members.
Listen – Empathize – Agree – Partner
Check out the Leap Institute website to learn more about this very effective strategy to help your loved one. Dr. Amador is also president of the LEAP Institute.
Dr. Amador says, “I never won on the strength of my argument, I won on the strength of my relationship.”