Navigating Mental Health Communication: The LEAP Method from “I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!”

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Dr. Xavier Amador’s book “I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!” sheds light on anosognosia, a condition where individuals with severe mental illnesses fail to acknowledge their illness, not out of denial, but due to neurological deficits. The book introduces the LEAP method (Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner) as an empathetic communication approach to assist those suffering from mental health issues and resistant to help. The method aims to build trust, mutual understanding, and collaboration, promoting effective support and acceptance of treatment.

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Thought Distortions and Sleep

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Thought distortions, also known as cognitive distortions, are ways that our mind convinces us of something that isn’t necessarily true. They’re common, and we all have them from time to time. But recognizing and reminding ourselves that not everything we think is true is an important step in untangling from unhelpful thinking. For example, we […]

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Morning anxiety? The best thing to do is probably nothing.

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Whether I’m working with someone who experiences morning anxiety as a standalone issue or as part of a broader anxiety disorder, I often hear that they want to start their day without the jitters and dread that can accompany waking up. To combat their morning anxiety, they’ve tried meditation, calming morning routines, different types of […]

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The Role of Sleep Trackers in Managing Chronic Insomnia: Helpful Data or Anxiety Trigger?

In today’s world of technology and wellness, sleep trackers have surged in popularity. Devices like the Apple Watch, Garmin Forerunner, Polar Vantage V, Oura Ring, WHOOP, and Somfit, have become a part of our nightly routines, promising us detailed insights into our sleep patterns. But for those battling chronic insomnia, the question remains: Do these […]

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Run, walk, or roll? Moving your body is key to improved mood.

When it comes to lifting your mood, medication alone is often not enough Desperate to improve my mood and physical health, I started a running group in my community. On the first day, 12 enthusiastic neighbours joined me. Many participants hadn’t exercised regularly but felt more motivated being part of a group. Some also felt […]

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