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Coming Soon - Ask the Doctor with Dr. Xavier Amador

Winter, 2016

NAMI Ask The Doctor: Helping a Loved One Understand the Need for Treatment with Dr. Xavier Amador

Learn why some people living with mental illness believe they don’t need help or see obvious symptoms, and how this can become an obstacle to helping them get help.

Dr. Amador will share information on overcoming this common obstacle using LEAP—Listen, Empathize, Agree and Partner. With LEAP, a person can quickly gain trust, lower anger and tension, develop genuine understanding and empathy making it possible to partner with a loved one and help them receive treatment.

Dr. Xavier Amador is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist and leader in his field. He is the author of many popular books include I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help about the LEAP method to overcome lack of insight into mental illness. It has been helping families help loved ones for years.

Ask the Doctor will be presented on November 3rd from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., ET. Invitations to register in advance will be send to NAMI members in October. Limited registration, if possible will be offered to the public the day of the webinar and unlimited access to the recorded webinar after November 4th.


Shoot - I didn’t find a link at this link where I could register for this webinar. I’m certain it’s user skills… help?

I hope that answers you.

This is an excellent book (I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help)
My wife Margi and I read it together and then she applied it’s principles to her dealings with Darren.

Refreshing your mind about the principles daily is a good thing or even “scanning the book” because its so easy to forget in the middle of a difficult communication, when that happens.

Darren and I do not speak to each other, because he has a hostile, and suspicious attitude towards me so I will have to wait till that changes, to use the " LEAP—Listen, Empathize, Agree and Partner" technique.

Has anybody else reading this, read the book and found it helpful?


I read it over & over, but I’m struggling with it.

So far, it’s helped me understand the lack of insight, and I’m not challenging his delusions, which has helped keep the peace at home much better. I’m asking questions, so I’m listening, then I’m stuck.

He has grandiose delusions right now, so he doesn’t care if anyone empathizes at this moment. I think I’d be able to empathize more if he was more paranoid.

I do agree that it’s easy to forget or freeze up in the middle of a difficult communication - I try to make a habit of reading a chapter a day just so it will start to sink in & so that it will keep me focused.


Thanks for the reply
Margi Always seems to challenge the delusions, even though she knows she shouldnt.
Its hard for me to even discuss the situation with her because she is afraid he will overhear the conversation etc.
But wait I think I’m “changing” the original topic. So I will post another time. Thanks.

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Jerry, the way you and your wife are delving in info together is commendable. It should be a real strength toward helping your son.