Psychosis, Schizophrenia and BAM

I have two patients who are brothers. The both have mental health conditions.  Both have severe anxiety.  One has auditory hallucinations and paranoid delusions.  Both were able to learn BAM.  The one suffering schizophrenia, through meditation classes, became aware that the voices and delusions are just his hyper-imaginative thoughts and are not real, even before starting olanzapine.  He improved with practice of BAM and was able to talk to store clerks when shopping; use drive through for the first time; talk to girls for the first time.  He was able to work and deal with situations.  He stopped coming to groups and stopped meditation.  The olanzapine was started after his first admission to hospital for psychosis.  He is now better on olanzapine.  He still has symptoms; and still knows the voices and delusions are only thoughts but find the meds helpful.  He came back to see me recently.  He agreed to restart meditation and resume his practice of BAM and Eat Well Plate.  His brother elected to start fluanxol and practices BAM regularly.  His brother has since asked to be promoted from washing dishes to the more interactive role of cooking at the the restaurant where he works.

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