Health Topics

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Behavioral Health

How can you tell whether a mental health issue is normal or not? It's tricky. The line between normal and abnormal mental health is often blurred. Still, it's helpful to consider your feelings, thoughts and behavior in relation to cultural norms and other benchmarks. Mental health includes issues such as self-esteem, relationships and resilience. If you're struggling with self-esteem, denial or other mental health issues, remember that we are here to help.

In The News

Fairmont, New Prague, St. James, Springfield and Waseca now offer 24-hour behavioral health services via telemedicine

Behavioral health services via telemedicine are offered in the emergency department. 

January 11, 2017
Psychotherapist Anita Vlcek joined Behavioral Health in Menomonie

Vlcek specializes in anxiety-related disorders, child development, attention deficit, autism spectrum disorders, behavior analysis, use of cognitive behavior and dialectical behavior skills.

January 13, 2016
Clinical psychologist Michele Ries, Ph.D. joins Eau Claire

She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the International Neuropsychological Association.

September 30, 2015

From The Blog

When grief goes unacknowledged

The holiday can be a difficult time for many, especially if you are dealing with unacknowledged grief.

December 22, 2016

Are video games and screens another addiction?

In our increasingly digitalized world, where most of us and even our children own electronic devices with screens, many parents and adults worry about the impact of screen use for themselves and their children. 

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham November 15, 2016

College students and depression

As college students returned or entered college this fall, the important issue of anxiety and depression is a discussion that parents, college students and professionals who work with students do not want to forget.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham October 13, 2016

Art to heal the human heart

Time can be hard to measure. We often measure our lives in the tasks and accomplishments of everyday life — a pace of business, providing us with momentum and a feeling of control. In between the noise of the day, quiet moments remind us of those we love and what we have lost.

September 28, 2016

Coloring is good for your health

What used to be known as a simple, fun activity for kids is now a tool for practicing good mental health. Coloring has recently become the newest craze, especially for adults. Although some are skeptical, many experts are confident in the therapeutic effects that take place when someone sits down with some colored pencils and paper.

Cassie Welsh, L.P.C. By Cassie Welsh August 17, 2016

What is normal when I'm grieving?

Grief is a normal process of adapting that everyone moves through differently. There's no right or wrong way to do it. Know what's normal and when to get help.

June 30, 2016

Manage your stress so it doesn’t manage you this summer

You may not think that summer and stress go together, but they often do. Routines frequently change, and downtime can lead to complaining and sibling squabbles. Summertime events, such as graduations, family reunions and vacations, come with their own set of stressors. So, what can you do to stress less and have more fun this summer?

 

Janice Schreier, M.S.W. By Janice Schreier May 18, 2016

Reflections from an eating disorders therapist

Eating disorders are complex, affecting the mind, body and spirit. Like a cancer, it does not discriminate by age, size, gender, religious beliefs, race or socioeconomic status.

Sarah Stinson By Sarah Stinson May 12, 2016

Some answers to your questions about bullying

Questions about bullying are pretty universal, but what about answers? Well, they are a little more complex.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham April 26, 2016

Myth or fact: Could I be going through a midlife crisis?

I was recently asked, “Can someone have a midlife crisis?” This is a great question, as all of us go through personal issues and transitions in our lives. 

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham March 4, 2016

Helping children feel safe

In the aftermath of gun violence in schools in the last decade, many parents are asking “How do I help my child feel safe?” or “How do I reassure myself that my child is safe?”

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham February 12, 2016

Recognizing seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

When the smell of wood smoke fills the air and night falls before dinner, rest assured that autumn has turned to winter. But somewhere between the backyard bonfires and sipping hot cocoa, a less pleasant phenomenon takes hold of some people — seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

January 29, 2016