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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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Jun 18, 2021

Hello, all! In this episode, I am doing some rapid fire question and answer from a prompt that I threw up on Instagram. Please enjoy! 

If you have a question for the podcast that you'd like me to consider, please send it to duffthepsych@gmail.com and don't forget to use the search bar on duffthepsych.com if you want to see whether I have covered a specific topic in the past. 

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Jun 11, 2021

Hello, friends! This episode is a re-post of an interview I did a couple years ago with the amazing Dr. Laura Copley. Dr. Copley is a trauma specialist and talks all about PTSD, trauma misconceptions, posttraumatic growth, and gives you some practical tools to use if you encounter trauma in your life. 

She's doing a bunch of cool stuff including online courses, which you can learn all about over at lauracopley.com

As always, you can send me questions or topics to duffthepsych@gmail.com and also please let me know if you'd like me to start doing interviews again!

 

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Jun 4, 2021

Hello, friends! I hope you're having a really good week. Enjoyed making this episode for you. The questions here have somewhat of a theme. Here are the questions I take:

  • I don't have access to psychiatry in my area. Can I use St. John's wort to treat my depression?
  • I live in a place where mental health is taboo. How can I improve my anxiety around sleeping without treatment?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the show notes for this episode at duffthepsych.com/episode255.

 

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May 28, 2021

Hello, all! Hopefully you are doing well and sleeping better than I have been recently. Yikes. This episode is another Q&A with some awesome and vulnerable listener-submitted questions. Here's what I cover:

  • Why do I keep gravitating toward media that reminds me of my trauma?
  • I feel like a failure of a mother due to my depression. What can I do?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes for this episode at duffthepsych.com/episode254

 

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May 21, 2021

Hello, friends! After a little (big) ramble about the hardest part in my job as a neuropsychologist, I answer the following questions:

  • Can bipolar misdiagnosis make symptoms worse? Can bipolar be managed without medication?
  • Why can't I study or get out of bed at all?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode253

 

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May 14, 2021

Hello, friends! After a long ramble about some terribly nerdy stuff, I get into two really good listener questions today. Here's what I cover:

  • My spouse claims that I am the cause of their depression and we do not have a good relationship. Would divorcing them cause too much harm?
  • I am back in college as a 30 year old and feel out of place. What should I do?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode252

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May 14, 2021

Hello, friends! After a long ramble about some terribly nerdy stuff, I get into two really good listener questions today. Here's what I cover:

  • My spouse claims that I am the cause of their depression and we do not have a good relationship. Would divorcing them cause too much harm?
  • I am back in college as a 30 year old and feel out of place. What should I do?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode252

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May 7, 2021

Hello, all! In this episode, I answer two questions submitted by awesome listeners like yourself. I hope you enjoy and that you're taking great care of yourself.

Here are the questions:

  • Can you get PTSD from severe work burnout?
  • What should I do if my therapist doesn't believe that I might by autistic?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and full show notes are available at duffthepsych.com/episode251

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Apr 30, 2021

Hello, friends! Straightforward Q&A for you today. Here's what I cover:

  • My grandma is taking a supplement that is clearly just placebo. Is this okay?
  • Is it normal to feel grief at the end of a career?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out duffthepsych.com/episode250 for full show notes. 

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Apr 23, 2021

Hello, all! Please excuse my mistake with the episode number. Bah! I also was perhaps a little delirious, but that just adds to the flavor... right?? 

In this Q&A, I answer the following:

  • Every time I do something for myself, I feel guilty about it. How do I stop this pattern?
  • I felt envy when I heard about someone that lost their life to suicide. Should I feel bad about that?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and stop by duffthepsych.com/episode249 for full show notes!

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Apr 16, 2021

Hello, everyone! In this episode, I sit down and have a go at my own journal prompts from the 100 Free Journal Prompts on my website. Some of my responses are entertaining and straight forward... others get pretty personal. Hope you enjoy!

As always, you can send me questions or topics for the show to duffthepsych@gmail.com.

Don't forget to get your free 100 journal prompts at duffthepsych.com/workbook! 

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Apr 9, 2021

Hello, friends! Got another Q&A episode for you. The 2nd question in here could be potentially triggering to some, so please be aware of that. It doesn't go into anything explicit, but the topic is something that some may be sensitive to. Here's what we cover:

  • How can I use exposure to treat health anxiety during this pandemic?
  • My friend's 6-year-old child has suicidal thoughts. How can I best support them?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode247

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Apr 2, 2021

Hello, you beautiful people! Today I have a question and answer episode with two great questions sent in by listeners like you. Quick update before that.

I'm current working on a Hardcore Self Help workbook for anxiety. You can get the 100 journal prompts from that notebook as a freebie for signing up at duffthepsych.com/workbook!

Here are the questions:

  • I have come to realize that I've been abused but it's hard to talk about. Do I need to share exactly what happened in therapy?
  • I have a friend with borderline personality disorder and I also have BPD. How can I best support them when they are upset?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode246

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Mar 26, 2021

Hello, friends! Got a Q&A for you today that is actually just one two-part question. Stay tuned next week for a freebie update!

Here's two-part question:

  • I'm going through a breakup in a complicated long-term relationship, but I can't talk to people honestly about it. What can I do?
  • Will a therapist report me for being a sex worker?

As always you can send me your questions or topic suggestions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and full show notes are available at duffthepsych.com/episode245

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Mar 19, 2021

Hello, friends! I hope you're having a really good week. This is a Q&A episode with two really important questions. The first one talks about a suicide attempt in a non-graphic way. I wanted to let you know that off the bat so you can be aware going into it. Nothing intense or visually striking, but potentially triggering nonetheless. 

Questions for this episode:

  • I had a suicide attempt that everyone thinks was an accidental overdose. Do I need to tell my family the truth?
  • I have severe bipolar 1 and I have always wanted to become a psychologist and do therapy. Is this possible?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and if you'd like to see the full show notes head over to duffthepsych.com/episode244

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Mar 12, 2021

Hello, friends! Sorry in advance that the audio is a tiny bit blown out in this one. Hopefully you don't notice, but something weird was going on with my audio interface. 

ANYWAYS... got a great episode here for you today. Two questions that I felt somewhat underqualified to answer, as a man, but they were too good not to share. The questions are:

  • I am realizing that I am more gay than I thought. How can I explore this in the context of my long-term heterosexual relationship?
  • Between a new baby and COVID, my anxiety is getting terrible. What can I do?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and if you'd like to see the full show notes, check out duffthepsych.com/episode243!

Mar 5, 2021

Hello, friends! In this episode, I take a few shorter questions covering some amazing topics such as:

  • Will my psychiatrist or therapist drop me for not getting better fast enough?
  • What can I do about financial and job insecurity during COVID?
  • How can I balance working on myself and giving space during a break from my relationship?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and if you'd like to see full show notes check out duffthepsych.com/episode242

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Feb 26, 2021

Hello, all! Hope you're happyish and safeish out there. This is a two-question Q&A episode featuring the following:

  • I've tried just about everything to help myself but the pandemic is making it impossible to improve my loneliness. What can I do?
  • I'm worried about my boyfriend looking at hotter women on social media. What can I do about this insecurity?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and view the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode241

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Feb 19, 2021

Hey, friends! This is just a casual episode of me sharing about what I've been up to lately. It's a big ol' ramble about many topics including:

  • My experience with the COVID vaccine
  • What my newest project is
  • What my days look like right now
  • Balancing work, work, work, and life
  • What I'm doing for fun

Next week will be a Q&A episode, so please send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com

And if you have a moment, please go check out the Giving Voice to Depression podcast!

Feb 12, 2021

Hello, friends! This week, I have another rapid-fire Q&A for you. I took some questions from the private Hardcore Self Help Facebook group and tackled them one by one without any planning or outlining. Hope you enjoy! Here are the questions covered:

  • How do you feel about people using the term "collective PTSD"?
  • What can I do when I always get scared and cancel therapy sessions?
  • Are medications always necessary for severe depression?
  • How can I be a caregiver with anxiety?

As always, you can send me your questions or topics for the show to duffthepsych@gmail.com 

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Feb 5, 2021

Hello, everyone! Hope you're treating yourselves well this week. I have a great Q&A for you with the following questions:

  • I have had trouble with support groups. The competition to be the "sickest" makes me feel worse. Am I doing something wrong?
  • I am having doubts about whether I should be in my graduate school program. What should I do?

As always you can send me YOUR questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode238

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Jan 29, 2021

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Jan 22, 2021

Hello, friends! In this Q&A, I tackle two interesting listener questions relating to couples who both go through dips in their mental wellness at the same time, and coping with the winter blues and what you can do to help yourself feel better!

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If you have a question for the podcast, send it over to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Full show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode236

Jan 15, 2021

I have to be honest with you all that this is not the most inspiring episode of the podcast. There is a lot of venting of frustration and fears. We also talk about suicidality, so please be aware of that. It's always important to me that we are REAL on this show. It would be unfair of me to give you the impression that the mental health system is perfect. As someone who works in the field and as a family that has been in the thick of navigating it, we definitely have some frustrations.

In this episode, we talk about operating with the current state of the world, Joelle's recent voluntary psychiatric hospitalization, and how we have had to try something like 6 or 7 times to find a psychiatrist to help with Joelle's meds. Despite the frustrations discussed, there are some good takeaways. Joelle is currently much more stable. She is no longer in her deep depressive episode and is no longer suicidal. We are currently finding a balance in our life that is working really well.

If you have questions or suggestions for future topics, please send them over to duffthepsych@gmail.com and if you would like to learn more about my clinical services, head over to robertduffphd.com

Jan 8, 2021

Hello, friends! Happy New Year - welcome to the first episode of 2021! This is an episode inspired by a single question relating to breakups! Talking from recent experience, I offer my best advice to help get you through and process the emotional turmoil that can come with a breakup.

If you'd like to suggest a question or topic, shoot me an email to duffthepsych@gmail.com

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