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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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Nov 18, 2022

Hello, everyone! In this episode, I tack the following listener questions:

  • How can I stop myself from cheating like I have in my past two marriages?
  • What can I do about feeling bad when people comment on my weight loss?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode327

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This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by Audible and BetterHelp.

Audible is the leading provider of spoken-word entertainment all in one place, where you can find the largest selection of audiobooks. Sign up now by heading to audible.com/duff or text duff to 500-500, and receive your first 30 days for free.

If you are in a mental health slump, consider reaching out to a licensed professional to help. BetterHelp has a large counselor network and you can begin chatting with someone very quickly. Check out betterhelp.com/duff to get 10% off your first month.

Nov 4, 2022

Hello, friends! This is a short and sweet episode. Just over 20 minutes. No sponsors. Just some Q&A goodness featuring the following questions:

  • Why don't I feel sad that my abusive father is in the hospital?
  • How do I stop crying when I have arguments?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode325

If you have not yet, please subscribe to the newsletter at http://duffthepsych.com/subscribe

Oct 7, 2022

Hello, friends! After being a Stuffy Duffy last week, I am back with a new Q&A episode. Here are the questions I cover:

  • My wife is struggling with depression and asking for a divorce. How can I ask her to get help?
  • I am distraught when my kids have trouble. How can I be there for them without being consumed by their issues?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode321


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Sep 9, 2022

Hello, all! This is a short and sweet episode. It's been busy week and it is positively hot as BAWLS right now. So, I take one question. I also ramble a bit about some of my frustrations with neurology at the beginning. Here's the question I cover:

  • Is it normal to have feelings for someone else when I'm married? What should I do?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes to this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode318


This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by BetterHelp.

If you are in a mental health slump, consider reaching out to a licensed professional to help. BetterHelp has a large counselor network and you can begin chatting with someone very quickly. Check out betterhelp.com/duff to get 10% off your first month.

Sep 2, 2022

Hello, all! Short and sweet episode this week featuring the following questions:

  • Is it possible to overshare about your trauma in therapy?
  • How can I stop losing friends when I'm in a romantic relationship?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode317

 

Aug 12, 2022

Hello, friends! What a week. I'm alive and well, but unfortunately things have been a bit heavy over here. I start off with a little personal update and then into the following great questions:

  • My partner is autistic and talks constantly about her trauma. It's too much for me. What can I do?
  • I am a woman with ADHD and have shame and anxiety because of it. How can I rebuild my self-concept?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode314


This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by BetterHelp and Organifi.

If you are in a mental health slump, consider reaching out to a licensed professional to help. BetterHelp has a large counselor network and you can begin chatting with someone very quickly. Check out betterhelp.com/duff to get 10% off your first month.

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Jul 15, 2022

Hello, all! This is a really interesting mix of questions. So stick around until the second one to hear me dish out some tough love.

Here are the questions covered:

  • Are we able to do genetic testing to tell which antidepressants will work for an individual?
  • I hate having sex with my husband. What can I do?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode310

 


If you are in a mental health slump, consider reaching out to a licensed professional to help. BetterHelp has a large counselor network and you can begin chatting with someone very quickly. Check out betterhelp.com/duff to get 10% off your first month.

Jul 8, 2022

Hello, friends. In this episode, I answer two questions that encompass difficulties within family relationships. Here are the questions:

  • My wife belittles me and makes me feel terrible constantly. What should I do?
  • I'm thinking of cutting off contact with my mother, but I also have a lot of empathy for her. How should I proceed?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode309

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Jun 17, 2022

Hello, all! In this episode, I take on two really good listener questions. The second one mentions sexual abuse of a child, but there are no details shared. Here are the questions covered:

  • How can I start to set boundaries with loved ones when it feels so hard?
  • How can I improve my sexual relationship with me husband after I have experienced childhood abuse?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode307


This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by Audible.

Audible is the leading provider of spoken-word entertainment all in one place, where you can find the largest selection of audiobooks. Sign up now by heading to audible.com/duff or text duff to 500-500, and receive your first 30 days for free.

Jun 10, 2022

Hello, all! This is a great Q&A episode featuring the following questions from awesome listeners like yourself:

  • My partner left due to me not pursuing her enough. Does it make sense to try to get back together after some time?
  • I had to leave college due to bipolar. Should I go back to the same school after stabilizing? 

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode306

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This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by BetterHelp.

If you are in a mental health slump, consider reaching out to a licensed professional to help. BetterHelp has a large counselor network and you can begin chatting with someone very quickly. Check out betterhelp.com/duff to get 10% off your first month.

Jun 3, 2022

Hello, friends! I hope you have had a great week. We are back to the Q&A format this week with the following questions:

  • How can I overcome my tendency to overthink constantly?
  • Why do I get extremely embarrassed so often in social situations? What can I do about it?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode305


This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by MUD\WTR.

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May 27, 2022

Hello, everyone! In this epidode, my beautiful wife, Joelle, comes back on the show for a quick chat about life. We sat on the couch and had a cozy talk about all sorts of topics. I hope you enjoy!

As always, you can send me questions to future episodes to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode304


This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by Policygenius.

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May 20, 2022

Hello, all! Straight forward Q&A this week with the following awesome listener questions:

  • I used to be able to have sex numerous times consecutively, but ever since a panic attack, I havet been unable to. What is going on?
  • I am having trouble doing my therapist's exposure activities due to panic attacks. How can I do better?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode303


This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by BetterHelp.

If you are in a mental health slump, consider reaching out to a licensed professional to help. BetterHelp has a large counselor network and you can begin chatting with someone very quickly. Check out betterhelp.com/duff to get 10% off your first month.

May 13, 2022

Hello, friends! I hope you're doing well. After a very gross story at the top of the episode, I get into the following questions:

  • What can I do about decreased intimacy in my marriage?
  • I am too depressed to do anything what can I do?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode302

 


This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by Audible and MUD\WTR.

Audible is the leading provider of spoken-word entertainment all in one place, where you can find the largest selection of audiobooks. Sign up now by heading to audible.com/duff or text duff to 500-500, and receive your first 30 days for free.

MUD\WTR is a coffee alternative consisting of organic ingredients lauded by cultures old and young for their health and performance benefits. With 1/7th the caffeine of coffee, mud gives you natural energy, focus and more without the jitters and crash. Right now, you can get 15% off your first purchase by going to mudwtr.com/DUFF and using code DUFF at checkout!

May 6, 2022

Hello, everyone! I hope you're having a great week. Just a nice straightfoward Q&A for you today featuring the following questions:

  • After 12 years of a great marriage, my husband had a sudden realization that he wants to leave. What can I do?
  • My mother was in a terrible car crash and is afraid of remembering what happened. Is that a possibility?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode301


This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by BetterHelp.

If you are in a mental health slump, consider reaching out to a licensed professional to help. BetterHelp has a large counselor network and you can begin chatting with someone very quickly. Check out betterhelp.com/duff to get 10% off your first month.

Apr 29, 2022

Hello, everyone! 

Episode 300!! Holy moly. Thank you so much for sticking with me on this ride. I appreciate your trust and attention so very much. This episode is much like any other. A solid question and answer featuring the following:

  • How can I ask for help as an 18-year-old guy?
  • My relationship failed due to my inability to communicate my feelings. How can I improve?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and you can find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode300


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Apr 22, 2022

Hello, friends! I hope you've had a really good week. My week here has been pretty good. As I mention in the episode, I didn't really plan anything good for the 300th episode of the show, BUT I wanted to open things up to you all. If you have written in a question or heard a question from the show that caused you to make a change in your life or there is a follow up story to your original question, I'd love to hear it. Shoot me an email to duffthepsych@gmail.com!

Anyways, here are the questions that I cover in this episode:

  • Why did nobody tell me that there is mind-based and body-based anxiety?
  • I have experienced a lot of mistreatment and discrimination in my life. This has led to a victim mentality. How do I get myself out of the victim mentality and start taking ownership of my life?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and you can find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode299


This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by Acorn TV and BetterHelp.

Acorn TV is a commercial-free streaming service that’s rooted in British television. Escape to Britain and beyond without leaving your seat and try Acorn TV free for 30 days, by going to acorn.tv and using the promo code duff when you sign up!

If you are in a mental health slump, consider reaching out to a licensed professional to help. BetterHelp has a large counselor network and you can begin chatting with someone very quickly. Check out betterhelp.com/duff to get 10% off your first month.

Apr 15, 2022

Hello, friends! I hope you have had a wonderful week. For today's episode, I answer the following awesome listener questions:

  • I am thinking of going into clinical psychology, but as a sensitive person, I am afraid of emotionally burning out. What can I do to avoid this?
  • I have lost someone every year since 2015. How can I get back to a normal life with so much loss?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode298

 


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Apr 10, 2022

Hello, everyone! Thank you for your patience on this one. Had to take a couple extra days so that I didn't lose my mind with work. This episode features the following questions:

  • After college, I don't know what to do with my life and find myself depressed. How can I move forward?
  • My family expects me to be the peacekeeper and therapist. How can I set better boundaries?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode297

 


This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by BetterHelp and MasterClass

If you are in a mental health slump, consider reaching out to a licensed professional to help. BetterHelp has a large counselor network and you can begin chatting with someone very quickly. Check out betterhelp.com/duff to get 10% off your first month.

MasterClass gives you the chance to learn from the world’s best minds – anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace. Check it out now and get unlimited access to every MasterClass. and as a special offer for listeners, you get 15% off an annual membership! Go to masterclass.com/duff for 15% off MasterClass.

Apr 1, 2022
Hello, all! This before I get into the questions this week, I talk a bit about my personal situation. Unfortunately, I had a breakup with a partner of mine and I share some of the realizations that I had in the process as well as my protocol for making it through this sort of hardship. After that, I jump into the following awesome listener questions:
  • I have had bipolar I for a long time, but started getting a new symptom of paranoid thoughts over the past few years. Why might this be happening?
  • My workplace and coworkers are toxic, but I am a non-confrontational person. What can I do about it?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode296


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Mar 25, 2022

Hello, friends! I hope that you are caring well for your hearts this week. It's wild out there. Here are the questions I cover in this week's episode:

  • My history of sexual abuse makes dating complicated. How can I move forward?
  • My husband cheated on me but doesn't want to do couples therapy. How can I stop resenting him?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode295


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If you are in a mental health slump, consider reaching out to a licensed professional to help. BetterHelp has a large counselor network and you can begin chatting with someone very quickly. Check out betterhelp.com/duff to get 10% off your first month.

Mar 11, 2022

Hey, friends! I hope you're having a great week. This is a very interesting episode with the following questions:

  • I am attracted to my therapist and saw her on a non-traditional dating app. When I brought this up, she refused to talk about it. What should I do?
  • How should cannabis use disorders be handled when there are also mental health issues?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode293


This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by BetterHelp and MasterClass

If you are in a mental health slump, consider reaching out to a licensed professional to help. BetterHelp has a large counselor network and you can begin chatting with someone very quickly. Check out betterhelp.com/duff to get 10% off your first month.

MasterClass gives you the chance to learn from the world’s best minds – anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace. Check it out now and get unlimited access to every MasterClass. and as a special offer for listeners, you get 15% off an annual membership! Go to masterclass.com/duff for 15% off MasterClass.

Mar 4, 2022

Hello, friends! This is a short and sweet episode where I answer the following question:

  • I recently learned of my partner's previous threesome. I can't stop feeling disgust and anxiety from it, even though I know that's not fair. How can I deal with this?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode292

 


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Feb 25, 2022

Hello, everyone! Pretty heavy episode this time. Nothing graphic, as usual, but I decided to tackle some tricky questions. Before hopping into the questions, I share a quick tip about managing the news cycle during this really intense time. Here are the questions covered:

  • My kid's school had two people die by suicide this year. How can I talk to them about it and should we switch schools?
  • I was abused as a child and have trouble remembering it without dissociating. What can I do?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode291


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If you are in a mental health slump, consider reaching out to a licensed professional to help. BetterHelp has a large counselor network and you can begin chatting with someone very quickly. Check out betterhelp.com/duff to get 10% off your first month.

Feb 18, 2022

Hello, friends! I hope you are all doing well. In this episode, I start off with a quick update about my experience so far on Lexapro (escitalopram), an SSRI medication for anxiety. After that, I jump straight into the following super interesting questions:

  • I have OCD with intrusive thoughts about harming my loved ones. What can I do about this?
  • I ruminate about therapy constantly, having imaginary conversations in my head. Is that bad?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode290

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This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by Acorn TV and Audible.

Acorn TV is a commercial-free streaming service that’s rooted in British television. Escape to Britain and beyond without leaving your seat and try Acorn TV free for 30 days, by going to acorn.tv and using the promo code duff when you sign up!

Audible is the leading provider of spoken-word entertainment all in one place, where you can find the largest selection of audiobooks. Sign up now by heading to audible.com/duff or text duff to 500-500, and receive your first 30 days for free.

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