Intrusive Thoughts, CGMs, Behavioral Change, Naps & NSDR
Dive into the complex world of mental health, intrusive thoughts, and addiction with Andrew Huberman in the fifth Ask Me Anything (AMA) episode.
The episode explores various methods to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the function of thoughts, the effectiveness of dopamine system reset, and the role of the Huberman Lab Premium subscription in supporting scientific research.
Effectiveness of Dopamine System Reset
The 30-day reset of the dopamine system can be effective for most individuals struggling with behavioral or substance abuse addictions.
However, abstaining from food addictions for 30 days is not recommended due to health concerns.
Recommendation of ‘Dopamine Nation’
Dr. Anna Lembke’s book ‘Dopamine Nation’ is recommended for its profound insights into addiction and the dopamine-rich world we live in.
Dr. Lembke is the director of the Dual Diagnosis Addiction Clinic at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Reality of Thoughts
Thoughts are real and are described as perceptions that include data from the past, present, or future.
They are generated internally and do not always require external sensations.
Strategies to Abstain from Intrusive Thoughts
Strategies to abstain from intrusive thoughts, which are not particularly disturbing, include anchoring thoughts to external stimuli or engaging in activities that divert attention away from such thoughts.
A person with true OCD will keep cleaning and cleaning, or washing their hands, or arranging things at perfect right angles, but the more they do it, the more their anxiety goes up. – Andrew Huberman
Mindful Meditation to Reduce Repetitive Thoughts
Mindful meditation, such as focusing on breath or directing attention to the region behind the forehead, can help in improving focus, enhancing memory, and reducing repetitive thoughts.
Journaling to Deal with Disturbing Thoughts
For intrusive thoughts that are disturbing, journaling in detail about the trauma narrative can be beneficial.
This process reduces the emotional load of these thoughts and decreases their frequency over time.
Thoughts are perceptions that include data from the past, present, or future, or combinations of past and present, or present and future, or future and past. – Andrew Huberman
Timeframe for Abstaining from Addictive Thoughts
The process of abstaining from addictive or repetitive thoughts can take time, much like breaking superstitions.
Writing down the worst possible outcome can help get closer to the underlying basis of the intrusive thought, providing relief.
Importance of Seeking Professional Help
While these strategies can be helpful, seeking therapy from well-trained professionals is important when dealing with traumas and disturbing thoughts.