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I AM NOT SICK I Don't Need Help!

“This book fills a tremendous void…” wrote E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., about the first edition of I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help! Twenty years later, it still does.

Dr. Amador’s research on poor insight was inspired by his success helping his brother Henry, who developed schizophrenia, accept treatment. Like tens of millions of others diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar and substance abuse disorders, Henry did not believe he was ill.

I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help! is not just a reference for mental health and criminal justice professionals. It is a must-read, step-by-step guide for family members whose loved ones have been devastated by mental illness.

Learn as have millions of others worldwide…to LEAP®— Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner—to help your patients, loved ones, and others accept treatment.

I'm Right, You're Wrong, Now What?

This book was written because countless readers of I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! have told me that LEAP has worked for them to repair relationships, but they still stumble and don’t know how to get to the “Partner” phase.

They want to know how to use LEAP to influence behavior change such as acceptance of treatment. They forget to reflectively listen, or how to delay giving contrary hurtful opinion, or how to give their opinion using the LEAP method. They are not fluent in LEAP and, as a result, have trouble getting to partnering.

You can’t just read a single book or attend one of my seminars and expect to become fluent. By seeing how many people have used LEAP in many different situations, you will begin to internalize the language of this approach.

“With this book, you can…find the best way to move forward without burning bridges.” –Jeffrey J. Fox – Author of How to Become a Rainmaker



I strongly recommend this book for [both] families and therapists.
Aaron T. Beck, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
I know of no other book even in the same league.
Gerry Spence
Author of the NY Times Best-Seller How to Argue and Win Every Time --Trial Lawyers College
This is a wonderful book bringing together the personal experiences of a psychologist [who had a brother with schizophrenia]. Dr. Amador s research and clinical experience makes this book a rich source of information and practical advice. It is one of the salutary characteristics of our culture that people who experience pain convert that pain into something productive. People who are victimized by, stressed by, and dismayed by serious mental illness will find this book enormously helpful. It contains information about new research and concrete advice that will be of enormous help to both the families of the seriously mentally ill and to the mental health professionals who care for them.
Herbert Pardes, M.D.
President, New York-Presbyterian --The University Hospital of Columbia