OCD Coaching Videos
with James Callner, M.A.

Welcome to OCD Coaching Videos

Welcome to our website! We are about Inspiration and Hope. Our mission is more than educating you and the public, it is to help you help yourself by literally showing you how to reclaim the power to manage and heal from the devastation of OCD.

 

 

(This site was formerly the Awareness Foundation for OCD (afocd.org) – and is now all about helping you to get better with videos, my book, blogs, resources, and more.)

OCD Coaching Videos are not designed to replace professional OCD Therapy. They are intended to help in the education and coaching for those suffering with OCD. James Callner is an OCD Educator and Coach, teaching from over 35 years of his own recovery experience. The Coaching Videos, Blog Posts and other information on this website are not a replacement for a professional therapist. Mr. Callner contributes his videos to the OCD Treatment Centre in Taunton England. OCD Treatment Centre therapists approve all OCD Coaching Videos.

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Teach what you need to learn

We teach what we need to learn. Even if you are in pain, go online to any social media OCD support group and help someone. How do you help? You acknowledge their pain, you soothe their anxiety by relating to it, you let them know you have been there yourself and hear them, you let them know they are not alone. In doing any of that and more, you are teaching them what you need to learn. That’s called recovery. JC <3
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Teach what you need to learn 

We teach what we need to learn. Even if you are in pain, go online to any social media OCD support group and help someone. How do you help? You acknowledge their pain, you soothe their anxiety by relating to it, you let them know you have been there yourself and hear them, you let them know they are not alone. In doing any of that and more, you are teaching them what you need to learn. That’s called recovery.  JC

Breathe in 4, hold for 2 sec, breathe out 8. Go slower and slower and slower. You do not have to be perfect at this but it's the fastest natural way to calm down anxiety surges JC <3 ... See MoreSee Less

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Breathe in 4, hold for 2 sec, breathe out 8. Go slower and slower and slower. You do not have to be perfect at this but its the fastest natural way to calm down anxiety surges JC

 

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OCD Threat vs. Real Threat

Here's what I have learned about the workings of OCD over many years. I'm going to simplify it because I can't stand complexity. OCD perceives a threat of some kind, it goes directly to your amygdala and fires off a fight or flight response. We flight, manifesting in anxiety, The perceived threat keeps looping in our thoughts which can lead to compulsions to soothe that flight response. But, is it a real threat? E.g. I was on the off ramp of the freeway and an ambulance went flying by my car. The OCD threat briefly hit me with a thought and a little anxiety. Could I get sick from any germs magically flying in the air from that ambulance?. Answer; no. Why? If that were true, hundreds if not thousand of cars that the ambulance drove by would be all "contaminated" too. So, that's an OCD threat that creates a lie in our minds. A real threat; One day, I had to stop suddenly on the freeway to avoid the hitting the car that stopped to fast. Same process but I couldn't label that as an OCD threat. It was real and the fight or flight went off and I slammed on my breaks. In that case I went into fight mode because I didn't want to hit the car. So what's the lesson or practice? Identify OCD threats as lies. Then, breathe. The percentages of an OCD treat being real are so off the chart we can safely say -OCD always lies. JC <3
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OCD Threat vs. Real Threat

Heres what I have learned about the workings of OCD over many years. Im going to simplify it because I cant stand complexity. OCD perceives a threat of some kind, it goes directly to your amygdala and fires off a fight or flight response. We flight, manifesting in anxiety, The perceived threat keeps looping in our thoughts which can lead to compulsions to soothe that flight response. But, is it a real threat? E.g. I was on the off ramp of the freeway and an ambulance went flying by my car. The OCD threat briefly hit me with a thought and a little anxiety. Could I get sick from any germs magically flying in the air from that ambulance?. Answer; no. Why? If that were true, hundreds if not thousand of cars that the ambulance drove by would be all contaminated too.  So, thats an OCD threat that creates a lie in our minds. A real threat; One day, I had to stop suddenly on the freeway to avoid the hitting the car that stopped to fast. Same process but I couldnt label that as an OCD threat. It was real and the fight or flight went off and I slammed on my breaks.  In that case I went into fight mode because I didnt want to hit the car. So whats the lesson or practice? Identify OCD threats as lies. Then, breathe. The percentages of an OCD treat being real are so off the chart we can safely say -OCD always lies. JC
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