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Published on November 16, 2017

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Get the happiness you deserve with improved mental health

Are you feeling withdrawn, angry or hopeless, but you don't know why? Does it seem like a chore to even get out of bed or shower every day? If you're experiencing these or similar symptoms, help isn't far away.

Kristen Freier, MD

Kristen Freier, MD

"Having the best mental health is as vital for us as having the best physical health," says Kristen Freier, MD, behavioral health professional with Gundersen Health System. Dr. Freier and several colleagues offer services at Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics in Whitehall. That means you get the care you need, close to home.

A mental illness impacts a person's thinking, feeling or mood, and may affect their ability to relate to others and function daily. Research suggests genetics, the environment and lifestyle can influence whether someone develops a mental health condition.

"Often people are very reluctant to reach out for help due to the stigma associated with mental illness," Dr. Freier shares. "They may believe something is ‘wrong' with them, and that is not the case at all."

At your first visit with a Gundersen behavioral health professional in Whitehall they will:

  1. Perform a complete assessment
  2. Suggest treatment options based on your condition or situation
  3. Discuss your treatment preferences

While therapy appointments are done in-person, psychiatry follow-up appointments can occur via telemedicine. Telemedicine at Gundersen Tri-County uses interactive video, audio and a secure, high-speed connection to link you—in real time—with your provider at Gundersen in La Crosse or Onalaska. It saves you time, money and any stress associated with traveling to out-of-town appointments.

"If you're struggling, the most important thing to do is reach out for help," Dr. Freier urges. To request an appointment or contact Behavioral Health in Whitehall, call (608) 775-2287.