It's Not Denial, It's a Brain Disorder
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The science is clear and unequivocal, the number one reason that people with severe mental illness (SMI) do not accept help or treatment is due to a “lack of insight” of their illness, otherwise known as ANOSOGNOSIA—a neurological symptom that leaves a person unable to understand that s/he is ill, consequently becoming non-compliant, treatment resistant, and isolated. IT’S NOT DENIAL, IT’S A BRAIN DISORDER. Anosognosia causes refusal of, or inconsistent, treatment, worsening of symptoms over time, deterioration in long-term prognosis and other devastating outcomes: i.e., repeated cycle of involuntary hospitalizations followed by noncompliance then relapse, criminalization, poorer psycho-social functioning, increased aggression, homelessness, and suicide (DSM IV-TR, American Psychiatric Association Press, 2000; DSM-V, American Psychiatric Association Press, 2013).
Despite the nearly three decades of anosognosia research and evidence, there continues to be a gap of education available to help professionals and family caregivers to address this pervasive symptom and the obstacles it creates. To worsen the problem, the “usual psycho-education approach” continues to drive people suffering from these neurological illnesses away from family and professional help. However, a new hands-on approach has been pioneered by Dr. Xavier F. Amador, internationally renowned clinical psychologist, published clinical researcher, forensic expert, best-selling author of I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help! and family caregiver of relatives with schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.
Audience: Parents/Primary Caregivers. Professionals and community members may also attend.
At the request of the presenter, this webinar WILL NOT be recorded.
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