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Talking to Crazy by Mark Goulston

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chapter 31

How to Get the Person to Say Yes to Getting Help

It’S One Thing to decide that someone who’s battling serious mental issues needs to seek help, and it’s another to get that person to agree to seek help. This is a tough job—as you already know if you’ve tried it. And that’s why I’m devoting an entire chapter to it.

Why is it so hard to get a person who’s mentally ill to agree to undergo treatment? Because in this situation, you’re not just dealing with denial or defensiveness. Instead, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a phenomenon called anosognosia, in which mentally ill people don’t believe they’re mentally ill. It isn’t that they’re too stubborn or scared to admit the truth. Instead, the fact that they have an illness ...

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