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When interacting with individuals suffering from mental illness, the phrase “ I’m not sick, I don’t need help” usually comes up as they have a hard time reconciling with the fact that they need support.

As a caregiver or mental health professional, this can be frustrating considering, you can notice the need for them to get support and this may lead to counteractive arguments with a loved one.

This approach is not sustainable and can easily lead them to stray away from their need for support. Dr. Xavier Amador in this suggests the use of the LEAP method to create favorable grounds for support.


In Episode 82, Dr. Xavier Amador shares:

  • What led him to create the LEAP method
  • How the LEAP method can guide mental health recovery
  • Why strict methods are inapplicable for the person who doesn’t believe they are ill.



  • “We don’t win on the strength of our argument, we win on the strength of our relationship.”

  • “When someone says I’m not sick, I don’t need help. It isn’t stubbornness, isn’t defensiveness, it’s not denial.”

  • “Learning LEAP is just like learning a new language. Practice makes perfect.”

Connect with Dr. Xavier Amador

Website: leapinstitute.org

 The Henry Amador Center of Anosogonia 



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Website: HopeMadeStrong.org

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