Understanding How To Manage OCD and Intrusive Thoughts with Zach Westerbeck, Part 2
Do you struggle with OCD?
According to the World Health Organization, it is one of the top ten most debilitating disorders, but it is one of the most misdiagnosed. This means that many people with this disorder aren’t getting the help they need.
In this episode of From Survivor to Thriver, we have a special two-part episode with Zach Westerbeck, where we talk about the things that people don’t know or understand about OCD, what it actually is, the truth about intrusive thoughts, and so much more.
Zach Westerbeck is a Mental Health advocate, National speaker, College Success Coach, and author of “You’re Not Alone”, who was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in 2016. During that time period he experienced severe anxiety, deep depression, and thoughts of suicide. After hitting his rock bottom moment, he sought help and started to recover.
Through his recovery process, he became Mental Health First Aid certified and now travels the country educating thousands of students on the fundamentals of mental health. Through his personal experiences and extensive research, he is able to relate and clearly articulate why now, more than ever, it is critical to understand how to manage your mental health.
Zach has spoken at higher learning institutions such as Penn State, Georgia Tech, Purdue University, University of Arizona, to name a few.
In today’s episode we cover:
- Your amygdala and limbic system when it comes to OCD
- CBT and intrusive thoughts
- Why people need a “why”
- The deep, innate desire for certainty and safety
- Changes to your prefrontal cortex during trauma
- Mental health issues among different generations
- Overstimulation from technology
- Negativity bias
- Our capacity to change and adapt
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“This is the next wave. We’re going to have people healing from trauma, anxiety, OCD, and depression at scale.” -Zach
“OCD really is consuming.” -Marc
“For those of us with OCD, the scary part is we can actually change the narrative in our own minds.” -Erik