Praise For Dr. Amador's Work

“Dr. Amador’s method takes you by the hand and heart and leads you to an understanding that gives you the power to break the impasse and get what you need. I know of no one even in the same league.”

–Gerry Spence, author of New York Times Best Seller “How to Argue and Win Every Time.”


“[LEAP] gives practical advice and hope to those of us with a loved one who is battling a mental illness.  It provides an easy to understand blueprint that can change and save lives.”

–Pete Earley, New York Times Best Selling author of “Crazy: A Fathers Search Through Americas Mental Health Madness.”


“Xavier Amador knows what he’s talking about. ‘I’m right, you’re wrong’ happens every day, [with LEAP] you can win those arguments and find the best way to move forward without burning bridges.”

–Jeffrey J. Fox, author of “How to Become a Rainmaker and How to Become CEO.”


“The techniques Dr. Amador offers are exactly those used in international diplomacy and  conflict resolution situations. [LEAP] is a practical guide to working around and through problems that is useful on many different levels.”

–Robert P. Finn,  Princeton University, and past U.S. Ambassador


“[LEAP] gives specific pointers about how to communicate, listen, and resolve impasses. It’s hard to imagine anyone who couldn’t benefit from this practical and empowering guide to making your relationships better.”
–Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D.,  President, International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy
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Dr. Amador is the author of eight books, including the international best-seller, “I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help” (available in 15 languages), “I’m Right, You’re Wrong, Now What,” “When Someone You Love is Depressed,” “Break the Bipolar Cycle” and “Being Single in a Couple’s World.”


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They happen everyday— those circular “I’m right, you’re wrong!” arguments. At home, at work, in courtrooms or on the street, people lock horns about all kinds of things. These situations frustrate both parties, stall progress, and hurt relationships. But they don’t have to. In his book on using LEAP for all kinds of relationships, Dr. Amador shows you how to turn even toxic arguments into healthy disagreements that strengthen relationships and get you what you need. I’m Right, You’re Wrong, Now What is based on Dr. Amador’s Listen–Empathize–Agree–Partner (LEAP) method, a highly successful program that has been taught to tens of thousands of people in seminars around the U.S. and overseas. It will help you make that all-important distinction between what you want and what you need.




I AM NOT SICK I Don’t Need Help! How to Help Someone Accept Treatment – 20th Anniversary Edition

‘This book fills a tremendous void…’ wrote E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., about the first edition of I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help! Twenty years later, it still does.

Dr. Amador’s research on poor insight was inspired by his success helping his brother Henry, who had schizophrenia, accept treatment. Like tens of millions of others diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and addictions, Henry did not believe he was ill.

In this latest edition, all chapters have been updated with new research on anosognosia (lack of insight) and much more detail on LEAP. Readers will find expanded guidance on how to learn and use LEAP. New advice, relying on lessons learned from tens of thousands of LEAP seminar participants, is given to help readers quickly and effectively use Dr. Amador’s method for helping someone accept treatment.

I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help! is not just a reference for Mental Health practitioners and Criminal Justice professionals. It is a must-read guide for family members whose loved ones are battling mental illness and addictions.

Read and learn as have hundreds of thousands of others…to LEAP-Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner-and help your patients and loved ones accept the treatment they need.





Break The Bipolar Cycle

If you’re dealing with bipolar disorder, you already know that it’s more than a cycle of “ups” and “downs.” You may also have difficulty with depression, irritability, weight gain, memory and fatigue. Drawing on the latest research, this step-by-step guide offers a complete selection of livable, workable solutions. You’ll be able to find successful ways to regulate your moods, relieve stress, improve thought processes, and break the bipolar cycle for a happier, healthier life. This is truly a “Day to Day Guide.




When Someone You Love is Depressed

In this authoritative and compassionate book, you’ll learn the mechanisms of depression that can destroy relationships. The authors teach concrete methods that you and your loved one can use to protect yourselves and your relationship from depression’s impact. Drawing on their own innovative research, they give guidance about how to recognize needs, provide support, and how to encourage the depressed person to seek treatment. Whether you are the partner, parent, friend, or child of a depressed person, you’ll find this book an invaluable companion in a journey back to health.




Being Single in a Couples World

Whether you are looking for a mate or have decided that marriage isn’t what you want, learn to deal with the problems that come from being single in a couples’ world. Drawing on years of clinical experience and research with both single and married clients, the authors have identified the five common stumbling blocks that can get in the way of enjoying singlehood—and developed a four-step plan to help you achieve balance and happiness–whether or not you stay single. The first and most challenging step is to stop buying into old-fashioned ideas about singlehood and marriage.




Insight and Psychosis

The insight a patient shares into their own psychosis is fundamental to their condition—it goes to the heart of what we understand “madness” to be. Can a person be expected to accept treatment for a condition that they deny they have? Can a person be held responsible for their actions if those actions are inspired by their unique perceptions and beliefs that no one else shares? The new edition of this unique book shows how we can better understand the patient’s view of their illness and provides valuable advice for those involved in the treatment of mental illness.



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Amador-Cambridge-Lecture_250w_webDr. Amador is an internationally sought-after speaker on a broad spectrum of topics, from health care to relationship-buidling.  He speaks at a wide range of events, giving keynote speeches at conferences, corporate meetings, public talks at auditoriums, day-long and even week-long workshops at various retreats.  His audiences range from thousands of people at a keynote talk, to intimate workshops ranging from 100 to 10 particpants.

Recent events have included a keynote speech to the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Convention in Texas, a weekend retreat at the Omega Institute in New York on relationship-building, a keynote presentation to upper-management of a regional healthcare corporation based in California, a keynote speech for a pharmaceutical Global Conference in Dubai, and presentations on relationship building in the treatment of serious mental illnesses in Cambridge, MA, Providence, RI; Birmingham, Alabama, and Louisville, KY.

Other recent talks have been in locations as varied as Basel, Switzerland; Athens, Greece; Saratoga Springs, NY; San Diego, CA; Copenhagen, Denmark; national tour of the Netherlands; national tour of Belgium; Long Island, NY; three national tours of New Zealand; two national tours of Australia; Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey; Budapest, Hungary; Paris and Marseille France; Dublin, Ireland; Oxford, England; Halifax, Montreal, Winnipeg, Toronto, Powell River and Vancouver Canada.
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Dr. Xavier Amador, Founder of the LEAP INSTITUTE and co-Founder of the Henry Amador Center on Anosognosia, is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist and leader in his field. His books, authoritative clinical research, worldwide speaking tours and extensive work in schizophrenia, bipolar and other disorders have been translated into 30 languages. Dr. Amador is the author of the International Best Seller, “I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!” He is also a family caregiver of two close relatives with schizophrenia and another with bipolar disorder.

From 1989 to 2002, Dr. Amador was on the medical school faculty at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 2002 Dr. Amador resigned a tenured faculty position at Columbia University and as Director of Psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute to honor his commitment to families that asked him to help educate mental health practitioners, family caregivers, and others about anosognosia and science-based practices proven to help persons with serious mental illness.

Dr. Amador was not only keeping a promise he made but also responding to his frustration as a clinical researcher who saw much needed knowledge stranded in professional journals rather than in the hands of clinicians, families, law enforcement, judges and legislators attempting to address the needs of persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

To honor his commitment, and pursue his dream, he accepted a position as Director, Center for Research Education and Practice at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) where he founded NAMI’s Scientific Council, nationally launched Family to Family, Peer to Peer and In Our Own Voices as well as NAMI’s national initiative on Assertive Community Treatment (ACT).

After his tenure on staff, during which he was also Deputy Executive Director of NAMI, he resigned to serve on the Board of Directors at NAMI.

Visiting Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York, over the course of two decades he was Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University and Director of Psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He served as co-chair of the Schizophrenia section of the DSM-IV-TR.

Author of more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and 8 books including “I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!”. Written for both professional and lay readers; he shares research and practical advice on how to help engage patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in treatment, and shares his personal experience with his brother who suffered from schizophrenia.

His expertise has been called upon by government, industry and the broadcast and print media where he appears as a frequent expert for CNN, CNN International, ABC News, NBC News, Fox News Channel, CBS 60 Minutes, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and many other national and international news outlets.

Dr. Amador is also the Director of the LEAP® Institute which was founded to provide education and training on anosognosia, the problem of poor adherence and provide practical communication tools (LEAP® communication program) designed to build bridges and partnerships with persons who hold views of their illness and needs that are opposite to that of their loved ones, doctors, and sometimes even law enforcement.

LEAP® Institute has trained tens of thousands of clinicians, family caregivers, law enforcement, justice officials and legislators worldwide. LEAP® Institute is separate and distinct from Henry Amador Center on Anosognosia which is a nonprofit 501(c)(3).

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