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Always a Solution

by James Callner, MA, AFOCD President. James Callner is an award winning writer, filmmaker and speaker on mental illness. I was desperate for solutions in 1982. That was the year my OCD symptoms hit their peak. I was 29 years old, teaching at a local college,...

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2 months ago

I Can Confidently Tell You
After 40 years of the turmoil, waves, and ups and downs of my ongoing OCD recovery, I can confidently tell you that one can live a full life with this disorder. My basic story is: 30+ years of teaching college with this disorder. Marrying my beautiful wife and both of us coping with this disorder. She is one patient angel. Making 20+ films and videos and writing two books, so far, about this disorder. And, continuing to be an advocate for healing and hope for this disorder and all mental illnesses. I can also confidently tell you, that there is not enough research about this disorder and not enough education and qualified therapists to help those of us that are struggling. I pray that will change. Most of us have to be our own advocates for what we need and want. I encourage you (and remind myself) to be open and direct with family, friends, and your doctors in explaining what you need to cope with the anxiety and depression that OCD produces. Here's an example; I just talked to my family doctor who has some knowledge of OCD but not the nuances of the disorder. I was inquiring if I had to go through the trauma of some medical tests I get every five years. I told him directly, that having three tests in one year was just too overwhelming for me, especially this year with Covid still on the loose. He understood and did cancel one of the tests. But, I had to summon the courage to ask directly for what I need without over-explaining. I mean truly, how does one explain the feeling of anxiety? It ain't easy as you know. I guess my encouragement to you is to calm your mind down as much as you can and then approach someone who just "doesn't quite get it" with compassion but the directness of your needs. It works for me and I believe it can work for you. Empower yourself with honesty and openness about your feelings. JC <3 (Photography is my way of calming my mind with mindfulness)
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4 months ago
I Can Confidently Tell You
After 40 years of the turmoil, waves, and ups and downs of my ongoing OCD recovery, I can confidently tell you that one can live a full life with this disorder. My basic story is: 30+ years of teaching college with this disorder. Marrying my beautiful wife and both of us coping with this disorder. She is one patient angel. Making 20+ films and videos and writing two books, so far, about this disorder. And, continuing to be an advocate for healing and hope for this disorder and all mental illnesses. I can also confidently tell you, that there is not enough research about this disorder and not enough education and qualified therapists to help those of us that are struggling. I pray that will change. Most of us have to be our own advocates for what we need and want. I encourage you (and remind myself) to be open and direct with family, friends, and your doctors in explaining what you need to cope with the anxiety and depression that OCD produces. Heres an example; I just talked to my family doctor who has some knowledge of OCD but not the nuances of the disorder. I was inquiring if I had to go through the trauma of some medical tests I get every five years. I told him directly, that having three tests in one year was just too overwhelming for me, especially this year with Covid still on the loose. He understood and did cancel one of the tests. But, I had to summon the courage to ask directly for what I need without over-explaining. I mean truly, how does one explain the feeling of anxiety? It aint easy as you know. I guess my encouragement to you is to calm your mind down as much as you can and then approach someone who just doesnt quite get it with compassion but the directness of your needs. It works for me and I believe it can work for you. Empower yourself with honesty and openness about your feelings. JC

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Beautiful blues by the way, and I truly understand that honesty is the best way too💙

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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. .