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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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Hey guys, Jim here. I have a question for you. Does anyone believe that this photo that I took at a beach near our house, is totally real? The keyword in my question is "believe". Well, the answer is yes and no. The photo of the ocean and the sunset is real. The bird is not, of course, and the bubble is computer-generated. Almost all semi-professional and professional photographers edit their pictures. That includes me. And, most people take it in as art and believe in some way that it's real, even though they know it's not. I think this is the same thing with OCD. We intuitively know our fears are not real but we have a hard time not believing them. We doubt our own intuition. So, the practice is to trust our intuition. If you doubt it, it's 99.9999% untrue or not real. And, what do I say to OCD when it's trying to make me believe? "Thanks for sharing, I'm not caring." JC <3 ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago
Hey guys, Jim here. I have a question for you. Does anyone believe that this photo that I took at a beach near our house, is totally real? The keyword in my question is believe. Well, the answer is yes and no. The photo of the ocean and the sunset is real. The bird is not, of course, and the bubble is computer-generated. Almost all semi-professional and professional photographers edit their pictures. That includes me. And, most people take it in as art and believe in some way that its real, even though they know its not. I think this is the same thing with OCD. We intuitively know our fears are not real but we have a hard time not believing them.  We doubt our own intuition. So, the practice is to trust our intuition. If you doubt it, its 99.9999% untrue or not real. And, what do I say to OCD when its trying to make me believe? Thanks for sharing, Im not caring. JC

I can't tell you how crucial this is to get your OCD symptoms under control. JC <3 ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago
I cant tell you how crucial this is to get your OCD symptoms under control. JC
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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. .