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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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Sue Epstein Wolver
Sue Epstein Wolver

I need help. My daughter has terrible OCD but doesn't recognize she needs help. She thinks her thoughts are real and just needs a way to fix things (she had to leave college due to her OCD) and she thinks if she never left things would be fine. We need her in treatment, but she doesn't think she has a problem despite only crying or sleeping all day long. How did you get to the point where you were ready for treatment? She's on lots of meds and has a great therapist and psychiatrist. They both say when she's ready she's be able to be helped and not before. How do we help get her there? Please help, I'm desperate. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

So the various holidays are coming and that means, if your OCD symptoms are cranking up don't be alarmed. Really. This happens almost yearly with me. Although it's getting better the more I bend with the changes of weather, daylight savings time and especially holidays and family. All of those are stressors and can rev up OCD. So, here's what I do:

1. Take everything as it comes.

2. live in each moment, mindfulness.

3. Lean hard on our support groups and friends that "get it".

4. Brush off all the judgement, criticism, rolling eyes, nasty looks from those that don't "get it",

5. Stay as structured as you can with the changes (eat right, exercise, breathe and know anxiety will always pass even if you do nothing)

6. Keep this slogan in mind; "The lower the expectations the higher the serenity",

7. Help someone else struggling with OCD to benefit them and you too.

And one more...

8. Know I'm here to help you too. JC <3

Trees bend with the changes in season and weather...we can too.
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1 month ago

So the various holidays are coming and that means, if your OCD symptoms are cranking up dont be alarmed. Really. This happens almost yearly with me. Although its getting better the more I bend with the changes of weather, daylight savings time and especially holidays and family. All of those are stressors and can rev up OCD. So, heres what I do:  1. Take everything as it comes.  2. live in each moment, mindfulness.  3. Lean hard on our support groups and friends that get it.  4. Brush off all the judgement, criticism, rolling eyes, nasty looks from those that dont get it,  5. Stay as structured as you can with the changes (eat right, exercise, breathe and know anxiety will always pass even if you do nothing)  6. Keep this slogan in mind; The lower the expectations the higher the serenity,  7. Help someone else struggling with  OCD to benefit them and you too.  And one more...  8. Know Im here to help you too. JC

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thank you i needed this beautiful post and picture!

Great one 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. .