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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.

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In The News

Mayo Clinic Psychiatry Residency Program expands to include Eau Claire

The initiative will address unmet behavioral health needs in northwest Wisconsin.

May 8, 2018

From The Blog

Family meals: Building relationships

Eating as a family can be more than just shared conversations — it’s building relationships. Nutrition educator Katie Johnson shares a few tips that can make it easier to plan and prep meals.

June 4, 2018

Breaking the adverse childhood experiences cycle

The early years in a child’s life have a significant effect on his or her future learning, behavior and well-being. Adverse childhood experiences, known as ACEs, create toxic levels of stress that can harm brain development.

June 1, 2018

How to create happiness

It may seem hard to believe, but there is a lot of truth behind the idea that happiness is a choice. It's unrealistic, of course, to snap your fingers and decide to be happy. So, just how can you do that?

May 3, 2018

7 tips to live a happier life

Do you wake up feeling sluggish most mornings? Have caffeinated beverages become a necessity to help power you through the day? If this sounds familiar, it's time to ditch the quick fixes you rely on, and develop an energy management plan.

May 2, 2018

Fostering resiliency in kids

Life happens, even for kids: bullying, school problems, hunger, problems at home, illness, divorce and the list goes on. Stress can affect children the same way it affects adults, so what can we do to help those kids in need of a little support?

Anita Vlcek, L.P.C. By Anita Vlcek March 27, 2018

Establishing healthy behaviors that stick

Living healthy is an excellent goal to aim for. Research and medical studies often promote the mental and physical benefits of a healthy lifestyle. So why do we still break our healthy promises when we know staying healthy helps us feel better?

Lisa Hardesty PhDLP By Lisa Hardesty March 14, 2018

Embrace a healthy mindset for eating — no matter the occasion

Holidays can be particularly difficult, but adopting a healthy eating mindset is important throughout the entire year. Read on for tips on how to improve your approach to balanced, mindful nutrition.

Lisa Hardesty PhDLP By Lisa Hardesty January 30, 2018

What's your family's "digital diet" plan for 2018?

The average teenager spends approximately nine hours per day looking at a screen, while younger children often spend up to six hours a day engaging with a screen. Technology has changed the way we live, interact and communicate — all of which has significant health consequences.

Adam Anderson Ph.D. By Adam Anderson January 23, 2018

Awareness and intervention help with suicide prevention

Suicide is a serious problem. Suicide is a human problem and affects people in all walks of life, culture and socioeconomic status. It’s the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 10-34 and the fourth leading cause of death for those ages 35-54. Suicide is preventable. Most people want to live — they’re simply unable to see alternative solutions and feel stuck.

Jessie Wolf LICSW By Jessie Wolf January 16, 2018

Gratitude creates gratitude

It’s Thanksgiving Day as I write about gratitude — a fitting day. For me, gratitude and being present in the moment has often been a saving grace when my head wants to travel to a place that will likely prove to cause unease.

Dana Stewart, L.C.S.W. By Dana Stewart December 26, 2017

6 misconceptions about bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is an available treatment for severe obesity that consistently achieves and maintains substantial weight loss, and improves health and quality of life. Let’s review some misconceptions.

November 16, 2017

How you can enjoy the empty nest

Sending children off to college or into the real world is usually a proud time for parents. But there also can be sadness, especially when it's the last child to leave home.

Jessica Sosso MD By Jessica Sosso October 31, 2017