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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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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

Sponsor for this episode is Better Help. Check them out and get 10% off!

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

Sponsor for this episode is Better Help. Check them out and get 10% off!

Dec 10, 2020

Hello, everyone! Today's episode is a less prepared version of Q&A than I usually do. The house was a little chaotic, so I took a microphone and recorder to a local park, had a seat, and spontaneously answered some of your questions. All of the questions from today's episode come from the private Hardcore Self Help Facebook group.

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Dec 3, 2020

Hello, friends. In this episode, I walk you through a calming meditation to help you get through the rest of the year. It has been designed to help you reconnect to the things that keep you going! We are going to discover the positive flip side to our frustrations and use that as a focal point to rediscover our motivation.

There will be ad breaks in the main episode, but the full uninterrupted version is available for free here on the website at duffthepsych.com/episode231

 

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Nov 26, 2020

Hello, friends! This is a Q&A episode with two super important and interesting listener questions relating to coping with grief after losing a much-loved support dog, and being able to successfully distance yourself emotionally from family.

Stay safe <3

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Nov 19, 2020

Hello, friends. This is a super interesting Q&A which answers two important listener questions. The first relates to never setting personal boundaries, putting everyone first before yourself, and the second tackles the difficult question, how much better is enough?

As always you can send me your questions or topic suggestions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and full show notes are at duffthepsych.com/episode229 

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Nov 15, 2020

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Nov 12, 2020

Hello, everyone! This is a Q&A episode for you with two similarly themed questions having to do with relationships with other people. Here are the particular questions asked:

  • I feel bad about moving out due to my roommates borderline personality disorder. What can I do about this?
  • How can I connect to people again after getting out of an abusive relationship?

As always, you can send me questions or topic suggestions to duffthepsych@gmail.com 

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Nov 5, 2020

Hello, friends! A Q&A episode for you this week with some really vulnerable questions. Here are the questions asked:

  • I think I have depression, but don't know how to reach out. What can I do?
  • I don't self-harm anymore but still have suicidal thoughts. How can I make them go away?

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

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Oct 29, 2020

I just had a birthday and I decided to do something a bit silly. In this episode, I am running down 32 things I've done in my 32 years on this earth. It's not all bragging! You'll learn a few interesting things about me and my experience. I greatly appreciate you. Thank you for being there for another trip around the sun.

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Oct 15, 2020

Hello, friends! Today I have a looser episode structure for you. Simply me sitting and talking to you about a few things that are working for me right now. They are super random, but all represent things in my life that are helping me get through. In no particular order they are...

  • White boards
  • Boundaries
  • Waking up early
  • Coldbrew
  • Verbal journaling
  • Exercising
  • Audiobooks
  • Having grace with myself
  • Timing activities
  • PBAP

See. Told you they were pretty random. I think you'll find some helpful tips in here though. Let me know what you think! 

If you have a question that you'd like answered or a topic for a future show, shoot me an email to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Oct 1, 2020

Hello, friends! Bit of a short episode today, but great questions nonetheless! I also mention that I've been putting out more great content on Youtube and for my mailing list. Make sure you check those out as well if you can't get enough great mental health info! 

Here are the questions covered in this episode:

  • Does hypnotherapy work?
  • What can I do about my family issues during the holidays?

As always you can send me your questions and topic suggestions to duffthepsych@gmail.com 

This episode is sponsored by Himalaya ashwagandha. Use the code SELFHELP20 at checkout on Amazon to get a hefty discount! 

Sep 17, 2020

Hey, all!

In this episode, I answer some awesome listener questions after rambling at your in a semi-lucid loopy tired state for a while. Here are the questions covered this episode:

  • What concrete work can people do to move on from trauma?
  • What can you do when your therapist prices you out?

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

This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Go to betterhelp.com/duff for 10% off your first month of professional online therapy.

Sep 10, 2020

Hello, friends!

Just a nice Q&A episode for you this week. Thank you all so much for the outpouring of support and care after the last episode. Things are definitely improving around here. Expect an update on our life soon! For today, here are the questions covered:

  • I have been struggling between therapy sessions, but don't want to bother my therapist about it. What can I do?
  • Should I go to therapy since I don't want to have kids following the death of my mother?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and if you'd like to learn more about all that I do, check out duffthepsych.com/starthere

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Aug 27, 2020

This is an interesting episode. I honestly don't know if I'll keep it posted forever. It has been an exhausting and scary week. So I turned on the mic and just got real with you. My wife is struggling with her mental health and we have had to navigate the options for more intensive treatment, which has been extremely frustrating. I talk about inpatient hospitalization, residential programs, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programs, and more. Basically, I ramble about what we are going through as a family for almost an hour. It's raw and it's real. I hope it helps you feel less alone. 

Aug 20, 2020

Hello, friends! I hope that where ever you are, you are not absolutely melting from heat like I am. Even if you are, go chill in the air conditioning and settle in because this episode's a long one. 

In this episode, I share the audio from THREE whole lessons of my online course, Kick Anxiety's Ass. These lessons talk all about structural changes to your life that you can make and habits that you can build to further support your anxiety conquest.

Since each lesson is over 20 minutes, this episode clocks in at well over an hour.

If you love what you hear, please check out the online course that it came from at kickanxietycourse.com

This episode is brought to you by Better Help. Visit betterhelp.com/duff for 10% off your first month of online professional counseling.

Aug 13, 2020

Hello, all! Thanks for having some patience with the lack of an episode last week. I think it was worth it because this is a packed episode. In this week's episode, I dive deep into my favorite tips and techniques to make you a better communicator and a better listener. In the field, we call these "active listening" techniques and they are the fundamental techniques that all therapists learn to help people open up and trust them.

Here are the tips covered:

  • You have more than one shot.
  • Pay attention to emotional state.
  • Listen before speaking.
  • Nonverbal behaviors.
  • Open-ended questions.
  • Restatements.
  • Reflections.
  • Silence.

I think you'll get a lot out of this episode! 

Please continue sending me your questions and episode ideas to duffthepsych@gmail.com

This week's sponsor is Raycon. Check out their awesome wireless earbuds at buyraycon.com/duff

Jul 31, 2020

Hello, friends! I hope that you're staying healthy and relatively happy out there. In this episode, I've got the following awesome questions for you:

  • My fiance and I are stuck on different continents due to COVID. What can I do to deal with my sadness?
  • I get rushes of adrenaline and panic attacks when moving around in bed at night. Why and what can I do?

Don't forget that you can still get the entire Kick Anxiety's Ass course for just $75 instead of $300. Head over and check out some free lessons!

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. Go to thrivemarket.com/duff to get a free gift with your risk-free membership.

Jul 23, 2020

Hello, friends! This episode is a question and answer show with a couple really great ones:

  • How can I remember what brought be joy before depression?
  • Should I stay away from me ex who was abusive to me?

As always, please send in your questions for the show to duffthepsych@gmail.com

This episode is brought to you by Raycon. I'm loving their new Everyday E25 earbuds. Check out buyraycon.com/duff for 15% off your order.

Jul 16, 2020

Hello, friends!

This is a nice little Q&A episode featuring the following two questions:

  • What can I do about my severe anxiety reaction when wearing a mask?
  • Should I be taking psychiatric medication for my symptoms?

No sponsor this week, but don't forget that my comprehensive anxiety course is still available until this pandemic is done. 

If you have questions or topic suggestions, send them over to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Jul 10, 2020

Hello, everyone! I think you will really enjoy this episode. I sat out in the back yard with some candles, twinkle lights, and a couple glasses of wine with my lovely wife, Joelle and just talked. We really didn't have an agenda, so you are getting a normal raw convo between us.

We ended up talking about a variety of topics including Joelle's new embroidery hobby and my new gardening hobby. We also discuss our poly triad relationship, which didn't end up lasting, Joelle's own identity exploration, and why WE work as a couple. It was such as pleasure to sit down and share these snippets with you all. 

This episodes sponsor is Thrive Market. Check out thrivemarket.com/duff for $20 shopping credit!

Jul 2, 2020

Hello, friends.

I asked on social media whether you'd prefer a Q&A or a guided meditation and the overwhelming answer was a guided meditation. I get it. We are STILL in uncertain and difficult times. I know that I'm dealing with my fair share of haywire thoughts. So, the purpose of this meditation is to help you get on a little better terms with your thoughts using the visualization of a snowglobe. Enjoy!

Please continue sending me your awesome questions and content suggestions to duffthepsych@gmail.com!

Jun 25, 2020

Hello, all!

This episode features a re-release of one of my favorite episodes of all time. I go through 10 of the most common thinking traps. Also called cognitive distortions, thinking traps are patterns of unhelpful thinking that we all fall into at times. For those with mental health issues, they can become quite common. If you are interested in getting the free eBook based on this, head over to http://duffthepsych.com/subscribe 

Next week will most likely be another Q&A, so keep sending me your awesome questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Jun 11, 2020

Hello, friends. I have a Q&A for you today. Please enjoy and stay well. Here are the questions covered:

  • How can I help my (teen) friend at school who seems to have depression?
  • I am questioning my gender identity. What should I do?

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

Today's episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. Check out thrivemarket.com/duff to get up to $20 in shopping credit toward your first order. 

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