December 27, 2006

Strategies for Addressing Denial and Lack of Insight in Mental Illness - Dr. Xavier Amador Video

In this new Internet video (below), Dr. Xavier Amador, the Columbia University psychology professor (and author of "I am not Sick, I don't need help") speaks on how families can deal with the common challenge of when a person who is mentally ill does not recognize that they have a mental illness (a problem called "lack of insight" or "Anosognosia"). Information is provided on the science behind this common symptom of mental illness, and suggestions are provided for how to overcome these challenges.

Special thanks to Dr. Amador and the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, Canada for providing this video. We hope that in the future more national and regional support groups like NAMI, Schizophrenia Society of Canada, Rethink in the UK, etc. will videotape their speakers and upload the videos to the internet for all the world to benefit (google video is free for uploads).

(to view the video below, click on arrow button below the video)

To obtain a larger view of the video, or download it, see the video source page

Related Readings and Videos:

Accepting the Reality of Unreality

Getting Treatment for People When They Lack Insight into Their Illness


Began downloading, thanx for a link.

Posted by: CopperKettle at December 28, 2006 09:20 AM

Brilliant video, one of the top ones I've seen on the subject, I think anyone who knows someone with delusions and wants to help them should watch this video. I had pretty severe delusions for about 10 years and when people would just tell me straight out that they didn't believe what I was telling them, that it couldn't be possible, that just made me withdraw further away from the people and into my own world where the delusions took on a more sinister and potentially dangerous element. Bye sheer chance I got through it and now am in a position to help people suffering from delusions now. I still bear in mind that I may be suffering from delusions, but the psych has given me the all clear so I can look back on it as a bad patch. But just to re-iterate, this video is a must watch for any friends, and especially relatives of persons suffering from lack on insight into their psychotic illness. PS. I will definitely buy the book.

Posted by: horsensei at January 2, 2007 02:35 PM

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