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The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych

This is a podcast dedicated to answering your questions about mental health, anxiety, depression, relationships, sex, and life WITHOUT psychobabble BS. I am Dr. Robert Duff, a psychologist from Southern California, but I'm also a regular dude who legitimately wants to help out. I wrote the best selling books Hardcore Self Help: F**k Depression and Hardcore Self Help: F**K Anxiety. Those are available at http://hardcoreselfhelp.com
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Now displaying: May, 2017
May 31, 2017

Hello, my friends! Another awesome Q & A for you this week. Couple links that I mentioned in the show. Here's the cognitive rampage podcast: http://adamlowery.com/podcasts/ and here is that episode about TMS therapy that I mentioned: http://psychsessions.com/2017/01/01/ps-039-treating-depression-with-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-tms/

Anyways, here are the questions I cover:

  • What is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and is this something I should look into for depression?
  • Should I get treatment when my depression isn't so bad that I have a formal diagnosis?
  • What can I do to make my severe cancer diagnosis and treatment more bearable? 

As always you can find my on social @duffthepsych and you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com

May 24, 2017

Hello, friends. We are back to the Q&A this week. Thanks so much for your super awesome feedback on the last episode with my wife. If you'd like to hear more from her, let me know! At the start I ramble a little bit about the importance of advertising and allowing me to make a living so that I can continue to put all this work in for free. Here are the amazing questions that we go through in this episode:

  • Am I using my depression as an excuse? Should I be better by now?
  • Is it normal to feel like my depression keeps recurring?
  • What should I do about my self-harm when I feel like it's a normal coping mechanism?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and hit me up on social @duffthepsych! 

May 17, 2017

Very special episode this week for you! I've been meaning to get my wife on the show for a good while now. This is the first time that I've ever interviewed her about her experiences with mental illness. I have talked about her in my TEDx talk and my books, so this was a really nice opportunity to sit down for a while and just chat about her life. We talk about what it's like being married to me, her earliest anxiety experiences, motherhood, her hospitalization, and things that have helped her progress in her mental health journey. 

Next week should be a Q&A episode, so please keep sending me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and follow my wife on social @joellecharming

May 10, 2017

For this episode, I was feeling a little too overwhelmed by the week to do a Q&A so instead I decided to talk to you all about breathing. We talk about different breathing exercises and how to practice them so that they are useful to you in moments of stress or anxiety. We cover the physiological mechanism behind relaxation breathing. Finally, we briefly cover mindfulness and meditative breathing. 

The tone of this whole episode is a bit more calm and subdued. I hope that it's relaxing as well as informative! 

As always you can send me your questions for future Q&As to duffthepsych@gmail.com

May 3, 2017

Hello, friends! Good news - your boy is official! I finally passed all of the hurdles and paid all of my money and got my license as a clinical psychologist in California. It's super meaningful for me and I appreciate you being a part of the journey.

Anyway, this is another great question and answer episode. Here's what I cover:

  • Should I play a show with my band in the city that my friend died? 
  • How can I improve my relationship when I might be the toxic one and create conflict for attention?
  • What can I do about my anxiety and agoraphobia if I haven't left the house in two months?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com!

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