At age 13, he experienced his first panic attack and was told by his new-age parents to heal himself. They refused to take him to a doctor or therapist, so from that point on, he tried every self-help technique and book available. But nothing helped. It only made his mental issues worse. Eventually rendering him catatonic for over a year. After he recovered from catatonia, Matt began studying psychology. After graduating he devoted his life to giving practical, evidence-based self -help advice to people who are experiencing similar issues he had and to researching the science behind alternative medicine.