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Welcome to AFOCD:
Helping You Challenge OCD Every Day

Welcome to AFOCD: The Awareness Foundation for OCD

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~ Dr Wayne W. Dyer

Welcome to our website! Our Foundation has it’s eye on Inspiration and Hope. We encourage you to browse our site for inspiration and the encouragement it takes to build recovery.

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“… an encyclopedia for treating OCD … and will help depression and anxiety disorders.”
~ Phil Kavanaugh, MD, Psychiatrist, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

“… heartfelt, sincere, genuine. If you or someone you know is struggling with OCD, this book is a must-have! Sending a clear message that OCD is treatable.”
~ Dr. Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW,
Clinical Advisory Board – The International OCD Foundation

“Compelling, courageous, insightful, and informative.”
~ Donald Dufford, PhD, Director, Anxiety Treatment Services

There is no way to recovery ~ recovery is the way!

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.

Our Foundation has been bringing you information since 1992. Now, we are taking our Foundation to the next step – We are offering empowering free OCD Coaching Videos to support you in the process of regaining control over your own life.

AFOCD President, James Callner

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The information offered on this site is based on the personal experience of AFOCD President James Callner and other contributors, and should never be taken as, nor used as a substitute for, licensed professional medical care, including diagnosis, prescription, treatment or solution and/or cure for any disease, disorder, injury, physical or mental. Everyone is different, therefore AFOCD strongly recommends that before you act on any of the opinions or suggestions published on our AFOCD website that you consult with your health care provider. You agree that any and all issues related to your health that may arise from your interaction with the AFOCD site will be referred to your personal health care professional. AFOCD does not accept any assumed or implied responsibility for your health choices or actions subsequent to your site visits and purchases.

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So as a photographer I know what I need to do. Oh, there's composition considerations, subject matter that says something, light, dark, lenses, exposure, filtering, depth of field, etc, etc, etc. But the main thing I truly know over many years of being around film-making and photography - it takes patience. I took about 20-25 shots of this photo, waiting for the sun to set with just the right amount of light, clouds to be in a position that made sense and putting myself in the right angle for the shot. It sometimes happens very fast and sometimes very slowly. Either way it takes patience. Ok, you can see where I'm going here. Recovery, of any kind, takes patience. Be it medication, mindfulness, ERP, facing fears, waiting for anxiety to subside. Whatever you are working on, in the back of your mind say to yourself - patience will get me there. It will you know. JC <3 ... See MoreSee Less

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So as a photographer I know what I need to do. Oh, theres composition considerations, subject matter that says something, light, dark, lenses, exposure, filtering, depth of field, etc, etc, etc. But the main thing I truly know over many years of being around film-making and photography - it takes patience. I took about 20-25 shots of this photo, waiting for the sun to set with just the right amount of light, clouds to be in a position that made sense and putting myself in the right angle for the shot. It sometimes happens very fast and sometimes very slowly. Either way it takes patience. Ok, you can see where Im going here. Recovery, of any kind, takes patience. Be it medication, mindfulness, ERP, facing fears, waiting for anxiety to subside. Whatever you are working on, in the back of your mind say to yourself - patience will get me there. It will you know. JC

So my wife and I have this kinda sacred thing we do almost daily. We connect with each other by taking a walk by the ocean. Yes, we don't take for granted how blessed we are to live by the ocean. We talk and walk -but I'm also always looking for pictures at the same time. Yesterday we were almost done with the walk and Jeanine said; " hey look at that!". Now, to get the shot I had to get off the path we always stay on and run through a field to get close enough for my photo. I usually avoid running through fields. Ya' know, the ol' OCD "what did I step on thing". But the shot was so beautiful that the higher good of getting this picture you are looking at somehow out weighed my fear. So I ran about 50 yards through the field to get the shot before the sun went down. No anxiety, just focused on getting the shot. Hmm, I guess when you have a higher good it can drive you to take more risks around your fears. Ya know?. JC <3 ... See MoreSee Less

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So my wife and I have this kinda sacred thing we do almost daily. We connect with each other by taking a walk by the ocean. Yes, we dont take for granted how blessed we are to live by the ocean. We talk and walk -but Im also always looking for pictures at the same time. Yesterday we were almost done with the walk and Jeanine said;  hey look at that!. Now, to get the shot I had to get off the path we always stay on and run through a field to get close enough for my photo. I usually avoid running through fields. Ya know, the ol OCD what did I step on thing. But the shot was so beautiful that the higher good of getting this picture you are looking at somehow out weighed my fear. So I ran about 50 yards through the field to get the shot before the sun went down. No anxiety, just focused on getting the shot. Hmm, I guess when you have a higher good it can drive you to take more risks around your fears. Ya know?. JC

 

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Jim, beautiful pic. You should be so proud of this amazing photo. Awsome, Focusing on something else is what it is all about and challenging yourself is so key and just going for it,♥

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Recovery. What a paradox. The best way to tell your brain about certainty is to be uncertain about things - and face the fears. Whenever I get those "what if's" I respond with "I don't know." Odd way to get better - but it works. JC <3 ... See MoreSee Less

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