December 21, 2006

Accepting the Reality of Unreality (Lack of Insight in Schizophrenia)

In this ABC Radio National (Australia) audio interview with renowned psychologist Xavier Amador, author of "I'm Not Sick, I Don't Need Help", the problem with trying to convince someone with a psychotic illness that they're sick and need treatment is discussed. No single answer is given - no "magic bullet" - other than making connections with individuals. Dr. Amador discusses the "3 A's" - Apologize, Acknowledge, and Agree to disagree.

Also discussed are those cases of schizophrenia that are not helped by medication and that are perceived to be founded in abuse or trauma.

Included in the broadcast are interviews with the Strategic Advisor for Wellink Trust, Gary Platz, and Mental Health activist, trainer & consultant with Working to Recovery Limited, Ron Coleman, along with his wife, Karen Taylor.

People who hear voices or have delusions often don't believe they're sick with a psychotic illness. It's their harsh and frightening reality. Coming to terms with the need for treatment can be a mighty battle, for both themselves and their families. Lynne Malcolm speaks with two men who've found their own unexpected routes towards acceptance and recovery. And, psychologist Xavier Amador - a forensic expert in high profile cases such as the Unabomber and the 20th 9/11 highjacker - challenges the denial in unique ways.

Listen to the audio program: Journeys to Recovery: Accepting the Reality of Unreality

Link to "All In The Mind" part of the ABC Website.

Source: ABC Radio National (Australia)


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