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Tips: Moving Past “Mind Blindness” (Anosognosia) In Psychosis

mental illness photoDo you have a loved one or someone you care about who doesn’t believe they have a serious mental illness?

Do you find it difficult to help this person understand the importance of getting help?

Anosognosia is the clinical term for not having the appropriate insight into one’s mental illness . It can take weeks, months, and/or years before the individual ever comes to terms with their mental illness.

In this brief article (video), I will be discussing ways to communicate with your loved one without furthering their frustration.

Insight is important for getting psychotherapy and taking medication as needed. Without insight it is difficult to accept that one has a mental illness. Trying to help a loved one understand their behaviors without insight is very difficult. Many times, it feels impossible.

When I am working with families I often suggest a few ways to get through to individual sufferers. Some ways to bring down the defenses of someone who does not have insight includes but is not limited to:

-Respond only to emotion

-Offer help humbly

-Use safety parameters to create safety

-Listen attentively

-Encourage them if you are the target

-Watch how defensive they are

– work around this

-Pay attention to their fear response

-Bring in the law (if applicable and needed)

-Don’t argue

-Don’t defend yourself

-Don’t try to “trap them

-Avoid technical language

-Don’t defend yourself 100% of the time _Stay calm, balanced

-Bring in a neutral party


To learn more about supporting a loved one or someone you care about, watch my most recent video here:
Tips: Moving Past “Mind Blindness” (Anosognosia) In Psychosis

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC, is a licensed therapist and internationally certified trauma professional, in private practice, who specializes in working with children and adolescents who suffer from mood disorders, trauma, and disruptive behavioral disorders. She also provides international consultations and works with some young and older adults struggling with grief & loss or life transitions. Hill strives to help clients to realize and actualize their strengths in their home environments and in their relationships within the community. She credits her career passion to a “divine calling” and is internationally recognized for corresponding literary works as well as appearances on radio and other media platforms. She is an author, family consultant, Keynote speaker, and founder of Anchored Child & Family Counseling. Visit her at Anchored-In-Knowledge or Twitter and Youtube Youtube If you are interested in scheduling a telehealth family consultation, feel free to let me know. *Ms. Hill has moved all content to her other social media platforms. Take care!

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Hill, T. (2020). Tips: Moving Past “Mind Blindness” (Anosognosia) In Psychosis. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 29, 2020, from


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