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Medical Director's Corner

Protect Yourself from the Flu

It's flu season again but this time we have two flu types to worry about.  Each fall and winter we can expect a seasonal flu (influenza) but this year there is a new variety, H1N1 influenza, commonly called Swine Flu

But don't panic, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of  getting either seasonal or H1N1 flu or spreading it to others.

Common Flu Facts

Manage Your Weight While Taking Your Medication

Many people taking psychiatric medications express concerns about weight gain.  In fact, I am spending an increased amount of time talking about weight gain and providing counseling, support, and education about weight management.  Despite the fact that weight gain is a common side effect of many drugs used to treatment illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and other conditions it is possible to manage your weight and continue taking medication. 

Here are some facts about the risk of too much weight:

Welcome

Welcome to Dr. Brown’s Blog.  First, let me introduce myself.  I am Dr. Floyd Brown, Medical Director for Bonita House, Inc.  I’ve never written a blog before and though I’m excited to start, I realize I’m going to need some help.  I look forward to discussing topics such as the effects of psychotropic medications, managing side effects, living with dual disorders, and recovery and wellness issues.