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Ask The Doctor Replay: “I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!” How to help persons with mental illness accept treatment and services

When someone rejects a diagnosis of mental illness, it’s tempting to say that he or she is “in denial.” But someone with acute mental illness may not be thinking clearly enough to consciously choose denial. They may instead be experiencing “lack of insight” or  anosognosia. Anosognosia is a common symptom of certain mental illnesses, perhaps the most difficult to understand for those who have never experienced it.

LEAP is a communication process developed by Dr. Xavier Amador, a psychologist at Columbia University, New York to assist families and mental health providers to help someone living with mental illness recognize the signs of their condition and seek treatment.

The video below is addressed to mental health providers, but is equally helpful for family members and friends. Register for Adobe Connect to view a recording of a NAMI webinar featuring Dr. Amador.

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