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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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Mankato, MN
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
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7-8:30 p.m.

In The News

Grief and the Holidays series offered in Mankato

Sessions are for adults who’ve experienced the death of a loved one.

October 20, 2017
Behavioral Health offers alternative to hospitalization in Eau Claire

The Transitions program provides an alternative to hospitalization for adults when outpatient therapy is not sufficient to meet their needs.

April 28, 2017
Springfield expands behavioral health services

Local patients can now make an appointment with Jessica Christenson, L.G.S.W.

January 24, 2017
St. James expands behavioral health services

Local patients can now make an appointment with Lori Sodeman, L.G.S.W.

January 23, 2017
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

From The Blog

6 misconceptions about bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is the only 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

Tips to help ease anxiety

Anxiety is often described as sustained and excessive worry that a person cannot control and is many times related to the anticipation of a future threat. Most everyone has had anxiety surrounding a stressful situation. However, anxiety becomes an obstacle for a happy, healthy life when it impacts our day-to-day lives.

Jill Christensen NP By Jill Christensen October 3, 2017

The W-Curve theory: What you should know to help your college freshman

Freshman year of college is known for being full of new experiences, but it also presents a variety of challenges. The W-Curve is an emotional pattern that most incoming students find themselves falling into throughout their first year in college.

September 6, 2017

Tips to keep stress from hurting your heart

We all react to stress differently. How we experience and react to that stress has the potential to lead to health issues. Periods of excessive stress have been linked to problems that increase heart disease risk, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating.

Lisa Hardesty PhDLP By Lisa Hardesty July 25, 2017

A new me: Teacher becomes student

It’s sometimes said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. That was the case for Aaron Grimm, a teacher who had noticed some changes in one of his colleagues.

July 4, 2017

Do you have addictive personality traits?

Have you ever wondered if you or someone you know is a little too excessive with their interests or activities? Sometimes, a passion can turn into a problem with shopping, drinking, gambling or something else.

June 29, 2017

5, 4, 3, 2, 1: Countdown to make anxiety blast off

Everyone feels anxious now and then. But there are things you can do to minimize those feelings.

May 24, 2017

Overwhelmed by anxiety?

Everyone worries sometimes. In fact, some worry and concern is good. But sometimes, that worry becomes anxiety, which can be debilitating.

May 15, 2017

Anger management can prevent relationship damage

Anger is a natural emotion. It is neither good nor bad, it is simply an emotion. What we do with our anger can become good or bad, but the emotion is neutral.

Paul Roadt, L.C.S.W., C.S.A.C. By Paul Roadt May 12, 2017

Don't bet on it

With March Madness just around the corner, the topic of sports gambling is worth exploration. There are some simple rules to help manage gambling, as well as warning signs to help you see trouble coming.

Brien Gleeson, L.P.C., CSAC By Brien Gleeson March 10, 2017

Could you be depressed?

Do you always feel tired? Have you lost interest in hobbies that you used to love? Do you sometime think you don’t feel like you anymore? Learn about depression and get some tips to help you feel more like yourself.

March 1, 2017