Mental Health Topics

Resources For Suicide Support

Featured Image: Ashley Brooke Boyd | Cartoonist Since Affiliated Family Counselors is not a crisis center here are some resources for help after hours if you or someone you know is in a crisis situation. Boys Town National Hotline This is a hotline to help children, families, and communities who are experiencing addiction, abandonment, and […]

What Are Dissociative Disorders?

Dissociative disorders involve issues with emotion, identity, memory, perception, behavior, and sense of self. They can potentially disrupt every aspect of mental functioning. Some examples of dissociative symptoms include experiencing or feeling as if one is outside of their body, loss of memory, or amnesia. They are frequently associated with previous experiences of trauma. There […]

9/11/2001: How The Pain Stays With Generations

Featured Image: Check out We Shall Never Forget poem by Alan W Jankowski: Do you remember where you were when the terrorist attacks happened on September 11, 2001? The attacks were the worst acts of terrorism on American soil to date. Over 60% of Americans watched the attacks occur on live television or […]

What Defines A Hoarding Disorder?

People with hoarding disorders excessively save items or even animals that others may view as worthless or unhealthy. They have constant difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions, which will lead to clutter and disrupt their ability to use or function in their living or workspaces. Hoarding is not the same as collecting. Collectors […]

What To Know About Personality Disorders

Your personality is the way you think, feel, and behave that makes you different from everyone else. A person’s personality is influenced by experiences, environment such as surroundings and life situations, and inherited characteristics that typically stays the same over time. A personality disorder is the way of thinking, feeling, and behaving that deviates from […]

High-Functioning Depression

Some experts say the term may come from a lack of clarity surrounding persistent depressive disorder (PDD) or dysthymia, an ongoing form of depression. The difference between PDD and major depressive disorder (MDD) is that the symptoms tend to be less severe but have longer duration with PDD. The World Health Organization reports that more than […]

9 Ways To Support A Loved One With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder affects a person’s mood, which means they will fluctuate from one extreme to another. There may be periods of mania, feeling very high and overactive, and then followed by periods of depression. Some might experience hallucinations or delusions, known as psychosis. Supporting a loved one with bipolar disorder can be a challenge. Emma […]

Phobias And Their Meanings

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It can cause someone to experience debilitating fear of a situation or thing that usually does not pose any real danger. People who have phobias are typically aware that their fear is irrational, but they will experience severe anxiety upon exposure to their phobia. In severe cases, […]

5 Breathing Exercises to Use For Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal response to stress and is part of the fight-or-flight response when faced with physical or emotional threats. Anxiety can become overwhelming that can cause unease, distress, or dread. Experts recommend breathing exercises as a coping mechanism for anxiety. It will help slow heart rates and feel calm. We will go over […]

How PTSD Can Affect Your Relationships

Image credit: Psych Scene Hub To start, PTSD stands for Post-traumatic stress disorder and can develop after traumatic experiences such as assault or military combat. People who have PTSD may relive the traumatic experience, have intense anxiety, avoid things that remind them of the experience, and experience overwhelming emotions that may affect the way they […]

20 Ways To Be Happier In 2020

With everything negative going on in the world, it can be a challenge trying to stay positive. It can be hard to prioritize your emotional wellness, and your mood can affect everything from relationships, work, and self-care. You may think it is an impossible task, but there are habits you can implement that can get […]

Feel Anxious About Supermarket Trips? Try These Tips

It is a strange time in our world due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Going to the supermarket may spark some severe anxiety for people, seeing customers wearing masks and gloves to buy food; nothing feels “normal” right now. As if that wasn’t enough to drive someone with anxiety to not wanting to leave their […]

How To Cope With Eating Disorders During COVID-19

Image Credit: Credit: Des – Copyright: ©Des – According to the American Psychiatric Association, someone with an Eating Disorder (ED) will experience disturbances in their eating habits. The disorders will also affect how people think and feel about eating, food, and spend a lot of time and energy thinking about food and how much they […]

Can Isolation Affect Your Mental Health?

It has been proven that social distancing is effective in slowing down the spread of viruses. It can also lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation, especially in older adults. With the pandemic that is going on, people are practicing social distancing and isolating themselves to contribute to their part of keeping people safe and […]

How To Cope With OCD During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Those with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) experience constant or recurring thoughts that can cause anxiety and may try to cope with those thoughts through compulsions. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that a person feels that they must perform. With what is going on right now in the world with COVID-19, some aspects of the […]

Pica And Other Types Of Eating Disorders

Pica is when a person craves or eats nonfood items like sand, ice chips, dirt, clay, hair, burnt matches, chalk, soap, coins, or paint chips. Most medical guides consider pica as an eating disorder. Some pregnant women will develop pica during pregnancy. We will discuss what pica is and other types of eating disorders and […]

How To Cope With Social Anxiety

There are millions of people around the world that experience symptoms of social anxiety each year. In this blog, we are going to give you some tips on how to cope with your social anxiety. Around 15 million people have social anxiety, which is a fear of being judged or rejected by others in a social context. […]

The Different Types of Mental Health Professionals

It can be hard to admit that you need help from a professional for your mental health. It can also be challenging to find the right mental health professional, but we are here to help you with that. Keep reading to find out the difference between different types of mental health professionals. Psychologist It can […]

Signs Of Emotional Abuse And How To Help

WARNING: THIS BLOG WILL DISCUSS SIGNS OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE. IF TOPICS LIKE ABUSE IS A TRIGGER FOR YOU THEN PLEASE DO NOT READ ON. Emotional and mental abuse are serious issues that can be noticed by some signs, whereas other forms of abuse can be more challenging to see or understand. From the outside looking […]

Therapy On A Budget

Mental health is different from having a cold or the flu, which means it can take some time to heal. Some studies have shown that it can take 5-10 sessions, and people will see their counselors weekly. Therapy is a commitment, and depending on your insurance coverage, it can be expensive. Unfortunately, having health insurance does not […]

7 Days Of Mental Health Challenge

Rates of depression, loneliness, and anxiety are rising, and tending to our mental health is essential. The key is to start small. Some studies show that setting small goals can be a useful way to take on new challenges. Whether it is adjusting our behaviors, getting more sleep, spending time with friends, taking a break […]

Things to know about EMDR Therapy

EMDR stands for Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. It is a technique that some psychotherapists use to treat people experiencing psychological distress and is recommended for those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  EMDR was developed in the late 1980s by an American psychologist named Francine Shapiro. Practitioners initially used this technique to treat people with traumatic […]

What Is Survivors Guilt?

Survivor’s guilt is when someone has feelings of guilt because they survived a life-threatening event, but others did not. It is common to react this way to a traumatic event and is a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can also occur in relation to a loss of life. They may question why they […]

Can A Smile Really Make A Difference?

There’s a good reason why some people will tell you to turn that frown upside down, even though that is not always what we want to hear. Studies have shown that just the act of smiling can lift your mood, lower stress, boost your immune system, and could even prolong your life. You might be […]

Welcome Jennifer!

We are very excited to welcome Jennifer Buehler to the AFC Family! She is be based out of Overland Park, Kansas. She is a licensed specialist clinical social worker and clinical addiction counselor. She has been providing counseling in private practice for over ten years. Fifteen years prior to transitioning into private practice, she worked […]

10 Tips To Get You Out Of Bed

There are just some days you don’t feel like getting out of bed. There are many psychological reasons why a person may not have the energy or motivation to get out of bed. We are going to go over ten tips and tricks to get yourself up and going once you wake up in the […]

Welcome Natalie!

We would like to welcome Natalie Valle to the team! Natalie is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and specializes in providing therapy in trauma, depression, anxiety, EMDR trained, play therapy, life transitions, couples, family, individual, groups, and more. Check out her profile on our website at or call us at 316-636-2888 to schedule an appointment.

PTSD In Civilians

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur after a traumatic experience. Many people think of military combat and war veterans when they think about PTSD since PTSD has been portrayed as a combat issue from what we could find, dating back to ancient Greek warriors. Homer Iliad’s stories from the battles and events […]

Anxiety And Your Loved Ones

Most people come wired to respond to situations with the fight, flight, or freeze response. By understanding and paying attention to how anxiety manifests itself in your loved one, you will learn their patterns and be able to help them. It is essential to listen to them non-judgmentally, and if they are wondering why you […]

Depression In Children

Is depression in children common?Depression in children occurs in 1-2% of children before they reach puberty, including preschoolers, even though it is much less common. This usually only occurs when there is a strong family history of depression. After puberty, the rate for depression increases to about 3-8% and is often a higher rate in […]

7 Ways To Calm Down

Stress is just a part of life that comes and goes, but some people find it difficult to calm down in stressful situations. Here are seven ways to calm down based on evidence. Today’s blog is based on an article from the Medical News Today website as well as some help from one of our […]

Finding Meaning in Grief

Loss is unfortunately a part of life. When you’re feeling down we hope you can turn to us to give you some information and the boost you need to keep pushing through those hard times. This is a short summary of a grief article that was found on the NYTimes website. Original article was written by Jane E Brody.

Having Issues With Sleepiness?

Sleepiness from time to time is completely normal after a long day, but when does it become abnormal? An article by Jon Johnson on Medical New Today discusses how excessive sleepiness can make normal daily activities difficult for people. There are more common causes like not getting enough sleep or poor quality sleep, but in some cases, […]

Common Myths About Self-Injury

Today we are going to be talking about a pretty hard topic and we want to put a disclaimer that the topic will be about self-injury. If you have a hard time talking about this issue please do not read on. We will be going over the common myths that people believe about self-injury. According […]

Mental Health Day As An Excused Absence For Students

Some schools are allowing teens to take mental health days off. Last year Utah started allowing students to take mental sick days. This year, thanks to a couple of student activists, Oregon is now allowing students to take days off for mental health as well. Since there has been a rise in depression, anxiety, and […]

Myths People Believe About Depression

Today’s article was found on the website. In case you do not know, NeuroStar offers TMS Therapy, and you can visit their website for more information as well as request a consultation appointment with us if you are around the Wichita, Kansas area. Let’s get to the blog, according to the National Alliance on Mental […]

Four Questions To Ask Yourself If You’re Getting Burnt Out

A very informative and interesting article was written by Michael Musker about workplace stress. As he states, we all get burnout from work from time to time. We know the term (emotionally) burnout as the meaning of being so stressed out that it causes exhaustion, negative feelings, and hatred towards your job. The article states […]

Depression and Your Loved Ones

No one is “immune” to depression. If you have a family history of depression, then it could be the complete opposite, but that’s not what today’s blog is about. According to  The National Institute of Mental Health, 7.1% of adults just in the United States may experience depression in a given year. Today, the blog will […]

Steps To Reduce Harmful Stress

An interesting read from The New York Times suggests that chronic stress can cause issues such as insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, metabolic disease, and weight gain that can be related to stress. A lot of people can be oblivious to the effect stress can have on their bodies, but we cannot avoid it. Studies have shown […]