If you care for someone with a diagnosed serious mental illness (SMI) , you know that it isn’t easy to help them begin, or continue, treatment.
You hear “I’m not sick! I don’t need help!”
That phrase inspired our guest to find a way, write a book, and create a movement.
Dr. Xavier Amador is a world-renowned clinical psychologist & forensic expert, and a Family caregiver of relatives with schizophrenia and bipolar. He founded NAMI’s Scientific Council, helped to launch Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer & In Our Own Voices, and wrote the book I AM NOT SICK I Don’t Need Help!
We talk about:
Dr. Amador’s family story: his brother Henry, and his son, with Schizophrenia. What do we do when our loved one says I am not sick, I don’t need help? Listening: without judgment, and with respect. Anosognosia, and how to approach someone who has it. The Henry Amador Center on Anosognosia. The power of your relationship. Changes – and changes needed – in the mental health system. Takeaways from the input from families and also people with mental illness? Diffusing Anger 3 A’s: Apologize, Acknowledge, Agree (to disagree) Crisis Communication v. long-term communication. The LEAP method (listen, Empathise, Agree, Partner) and how families – and law enforcement – can be trained. Role-play: Addressing Covid Vaccine reluctance with relative with SMI LAI (long-acting injectables) vs. pills every day
“You’re not going to make a delusion worse by listening to it and letting your loved one know that you’ve heard him and that you understand his anger, you understand his fear.” – Dr. Amador
My brother never believed he was mentally ill…but he stayed in treatment for the rest of his life” – Dr. Amador
Schizophrenia Three Moms in the Trenches are :
Randye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (“Ben Behind his Voices”)
Miriam Feldman – Artist, Mom, Author “He Came in With It”
Mindy Greiling – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. Activist, Legislator, Author (“Fix What You Can“)
Want to know more about family/friends of people with psychosis?