Useful publications

I AM NOT SICK – I Don’t Need Help!
Dr Xavier Amador, 20th anniversary edition, 2020, 254 pages 

This classic, first published in 2000, is a must-read guide for family members whose loved ones refuse treatment insisting there is nothing wrong with them. Very often their refusal is due to anosognosia, a debilitating symptom of severe mental illness, which prevents them from recognising that they have a brain disorder.

Dr Amador explains the LEAP communication strategy  – Listen, Empathise, Agree and Partner – designed to win the trust of of persons with mental illness who lack insight, and to get them to accept the treatment they need.

Rays of Hope – Learning about Schizophrenia  
Schizophrenia Society of Canada, 5th edition 2020, 183 pages

A reference manual for families and caregivers. We have found this a particularly helpful resource, geared to family needs. Highly recommended.

DSM-5 – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
American Psychiatric Association, 5th edition, 2013, 970 pages

The DSM is widely used by clinicians and researchers internationally to diagnose and classify mental disorders. The latest edition is DSM-5, 2013.

ICD-11 – International Classification of Diseases
World Health Organisation, 11th revision, 2022, 2498 pages

The ICD is an authoritative international source used to classify and report on diseases. It provides critical knowledge on the extent, causes and consequences of human disease and death worldwide.