Matt Moreman suffers from OCD, Obessessive Cumpulsive Disorder. It causes him to pass out on occasion or gives him anxiety attacks. In his search for answers to his health, he found a doctor who told him that he should try to let people in instead of retreating into himself. So, as awkward as it was for him, he started to journal about his passion for cars. That later led to inviting people to his garage to learn how to do detailing. From there, Mr. Moreman has created a business from his automotive passion, and shares his life and knowledge with everybody via podcasts and YouTube videos. That sharing has become a large part of his therapy.
Treating OCD by opening up to people
Mr. Moreman was surprised at how many people started to watch his YouTube videos. At first, he started creating them for himself as an outlet to discuss his life. But, thousands of people began to subscribe to his channel. From this, he discovered that other people could relate to his situation and have a car passion of sorts. Whether it is discussing the Porsche configurator, repairs on a BMW, or the water filtration system on a pressure washer system, Mr. Moreman discusses it all. He even holds events where he provides people training on different detailing techniques, set-ups, or tools.
Obsessed Garage is born
Through it all, Mr. Moreman has been able to create a brand around his situation, appropriately called, Obsessed Garage. The brand offers all the tools, equipment, and detailing chemicals that he has obsessively studied up on, and used. It includes everything from detailing rags to toolboxes. So, in effect, his OCD has actually opened a business opportunity for him, creating an additional income stream.
Mr. Moreman’s sharing of his knowledge and challenges has contributed to his subscriber base on YouTube growing significantly. So much, in fact, that he has been able to begin doing give-aways. Recently, someone won a garage makeover from Obsessed Garage. So, Mr. Moreman, ironically, has entered into other people’s lives. For example, with this particular give-away, Mr. Moreman decided to be hands-on and has spent a week personally working on the project. Of course, he’s documenting the build on YouTube as well. The first video in the series is linked here.
OCD is still a part of life, but it’s better controlled
OCD is a part of Mr. Moreman’s life, but he has not let it confine him. Instead, in addition to opening up about his car passion, he has also opened up about the effects of OCD. For example, in the video below, he describes what it is like to own one of his iconic, cherished cars and deal with his compulsion to detail it constantly.
A passion for the automotive industry can be therapeutic. It provides a focus when the anxieties of life come crashing in. Sometimes that passion is rekindled by a nice drive with loud music. Other times, like with Mr. Moreman, the automotive link is an outlet to let people with similar interests come into his garage and life and allay some of those anxieties. Either way, the car community is a big and diverse one. In this case, people with similar interests, or conditions, freely exchange information and help each other, even through life’s challenges with their car or OCD. Yes, a garage can be therapeutic.