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The Touching Tree

The Touching Tree

This newly remastered award-winning film is about a boy with OCD. Terry is in Elementary school and exhibits behaviors that his teacher does not recognize at first. He keeps the obsessions and compulsions a secret. A compassionate teacher finds Terry has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and guides Terry to help, which changes both their lives. This Award Winning film is an inspiring educational story for all ages.

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Ya' just have to stay with the facts to stay centered. Or, at least pretty close to the facts when you are challenging OCD in any way. So, I'm taking one of my daily photography walks with a friend of mine who happens to be a paramedic (this person knows an awful lot about medicine and science and is now studying to be a doctor). We are talking about OCD and what I have labeled as contamination germs and ... well, you know the rest. I ask her about a mental anchor that was given to me by my CBT therapist decades ago that I still use; " germs die in the air." Now, that's a fact. She chimes in and says that's true and also UV light kills germs too. Now, does this apply to absolutely all germs.? Probably not - but does it apply to the thoughts about germs that OCD creates - I say yes, because it is more of a fact of life than not. If it wasn't we'd be seeing all kinds of news on all forms of media that people are dropping like fly's from germs. They ain't. Why?, because it's OCD thinking and not factual thinking. Life just doesn't work that way. I know, OCD will try to challenge what you just read - but facts are facts. So, even if it's hard to believe in a moment of high anxiety from OCD - trust the facts, even a little and you'll find yourself calming down and coming back to center. JC <3 P.S. Oh, and I captured this shot on our walk. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ya just have to stay with the facts to stay centered. Or, at least pretty close to the facts when you are challenging OCD in any way. So, Im taking one of my daily photography walks with a friend of mine who happens to be a paramedic (this person knows an awful lot about medicine and science and is now studying to be a doctor). We are talking about OCD and what I have labeled as contamination germs and ... well, you know the rest. I ask her about a mental anchor that was given to me by my CBT therapist decades ago that I still use;  germs die in the air. Now, thats a fact. She chimes in and says thats true and also UV light kills germs too. Now, does this apply to absolutely all germs.? Probably not - but does it apply to the thoughts about germs that OCD creates - I say yes, because it is more of a fact of life than not. If it wasnt wed be seeing all kinds of news on all forms of media that people are dropping like flys from germs. They aint. Why?, because its OCD thinking and not factual thinking. Life just doesnt work that way. I know, OCD will try to challenge what you just read - but facts are facts. So, even if its hard to believe in a moment of high anxiety from OCD - trust the facts, even a little and youll find yourself calming down and coming back to center. JC
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Stay on the path and you’ll eventually find your way out. In the early days of my recovery, after I got out of the hospital, people would ask me how I was doing. I answered the same way I answer to this day some 36 years later; “I’m out of the woods but still in the forest.” For me, I’d much rather be in the Forest than the woods. There are more paths out of the forest than the woods. In fact, when I was taking a walk with a friend and captured this picture we were very close to a creek that would probably lead us out to the ocean. When I stay on my recovery path of some kind of daily ERP, some kind of daily facing my fears no matter how small, some kind of challenging OCD by “naming it to tame” - I stay on my path. Sometimes you stray off the path and “bang” you’re back in the woods. But, once you step back on the path of any kind of recovery - you’re going to be OK. Try to trust that today. JC 💙 ... See MoreSee Less

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Stay on the path and you’ll eventually find your way out. In the early days of my recovery, after I got out of the hospital, people would ask me how I was doing. I answered the same way I answer to this day some 36 years later; “I’m out of the woods but still in the forest.” For me, I’d much rather be in the Forest than the woods. There are more paths out of the forest than the woods. In fact, when I was taking a walk with a friend and captured this picture we were very close to a creek that would probably lead us out to the ocean. When I stay on my recovery path of some kind of daily ERP, some kind of daily facing my fears no matter how small, some kind of challenging OCD by “naming it to tame” - I stay on my path. Sometimes you stray off the path and “bang”  you’re back in the woods. But, once you step back on the path of any kind of recovery - you’re going to be OK. Try to trust that today. JC 💙Image attachment

 

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Interesting perspective Jim👍👌

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