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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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Aug 16, 2017

Hello, everyone! Just off the top, given the BS going on in the world at the moment, I need to reaffirm that everyone is welcome here regardless of race, ethnicity, cultural background, gender identity, sexual orientation etc. Just needs to be said. 

Today's episode is another Q&A with some really awesome questions including:

  • How can I help my mom who has multiple personalities?
  • Why do I procrastinate sleep and what can I do about it?
  • What can I do when I am the codependent friend?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and don't forget to follow me on social @duffthepsych for cute baby stuff!

Aug 9, 2017

This is a deep dive episode all about common thinking traps and pitfalls that we encounter as human beings. In the field, we refer to these as "cognitive distortions". In this episode, I break down ten of them for you and talk a bit about how to use your knowledge of them to your advantage. Here are the cognitive distortions that I cover in this episode:

  1. Mind Reading
  2. Personalizing
  3. Just World Fallacy
  4. Emotional Reasoning
  5. Shoulds and Musts
  6. Black and White Thinking
  7. Overgeneralization
  8. Filtering
  9. Catastrophizing
  10. Overestimating Power of Thoughts

Next week should be another Q & A episode, so please keep sending me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com 

Aug 2, 2017

Hello, friends! Just another awesome question and answer episode for you. Two short questions and one more complicated question:

  • How can I overcome my self-criticism and low self-esteem?
  • What does my family member mean when she says that she has "functional anxiety"?
  • Do I need to forgive my abuser? 

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and follow my on facebook at http://facebook.com/duffthepsych

Jul 26, 2017

Hey, friends! Before I get into the questions for this episode, I wanted to let you know that I recently posted a video and blogpost in which I share an entire chapter from my book about suicide. You can check that out and share it at http://duffthepsych.com/suicide. Here are this week's questions:

  • How do I tell me mom that I don't need more therapy?
  • Am I a fraud for improving my depression symptoms on my own?
  • How can I talk about self-harm with my therapist without ruining things?

That's it for this week! As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Jul 19, 2017

Wide variety of questions this time! I love it. Please continue sending me your questions and look forward to some "guest hosts" in the future! Also thanks so much for the reviews on iTunes. It's greatly appreciated! Here are the questions covered in this episode:

  • What if I don't remember what I enjoyed before depression because it's been so many years?
  • Can my dad recover from his aneurysm?
  • How can I make my boyfriend stop masturbating when he knows that I don't want him to? 

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

Jul 12, 2017

Packed episode this week! I didn't realize it when I constructed the episode, but I included two double questions for a total of 5 questions answered this episode, haha! Really interesting stuff though. If you have a minute, please head over to itunes and leave a review for this podcast and consider sharing with a friend. Thanks so much! Here are the questions covered:

  • Why do I get panic attacks when I'm hot?
  • What is EMDR and does it actually work?
  • What should I do about my brother's worrying social media posts?
  • Do therapists worry about their clients?
  • How do you keep good boundaries as a therapist?

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

Jul 5, 2017

Hello, friends! Sorry for the lapse in shows. I did that re-posting of my interview on the Cognitive Rampage podcast a couple weeks ago and this past week I got super sick and completely lost my voice! No bueno. I'm feeling a lot better now and I'm back with another great question and answer session for you. Here are the questions covered:

  • Are anxiety and perfectionism related?
  • How do you find passions and interests? Everything feels like a chore.
  • What can I do about being in the same location as my abuser?

Keep sending me in your questions. I will be back again next week as long as I don't get the plague again! Send them in to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Jun 21, 2017

Hey, friends. This episode is a little different. I didn't have time to record a full Q & A episode this week due to life and work. However, I think I found a nice alternative here. Recently I was on Adam Lowery's podcast called Cognitive Rampage. He's a cool dude and has a book by the same name. This turned out to be a wide ranging conversation and I think probably one of the best interviews that I've ever given. So have a listen and head over to Adam's site to see more content. Next week will be back to the Q&A, so send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Here's the full podcast on Adam's page: http://adamlowery.com/

Jun 14, 2017

Hello, friends! This is another question and answer episode for you. Hey, I'd appreciate it so much if you'd send me some honest open-ended feedback about the podcast to duffthepsych@gmail.com with the subject line "podcast feedback". As long or short as you'd like. You can give me any feedback that you would like.

Anyways, here are the three questions that are covered:

  • What are some ways to avoid vicarious trauma or burnout when working in an intense job?
  • If I have had panic attacks since I was 5 years old, will I always have them? Am I just wired this way?
  • Do you think mental health disorders are actually on the rise or is it just more awareness and the influence of the internet?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and you can also see a video bonus question on facebook or youtube. 

Jun 7, 2017

Hello again, friends. This is another Q&A episode with some really great questions. Wanted to let you know that I am now doing a bonus question each week on youtube and facebook. I also mention the video about finding a therapist online. You can find that at http://duffthepsych.com/findatherapist

Here are the questions that I cover:

  • Should I try therapy again after having a bad experience?
  • How do I break up with someone whose mom is dying?
  • How can I get over my social anxiety and blushing?

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

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!

Apr 26, 2017

Hello, friends. Thanks for joining me again for another question and answer episode. Wanted to let you know that I've been doing instagram stories over at http://instagram.com/duffthepsych. Check them out if you would like a little snapshot into my day to day life as a psychologist/dad/entrepreneur etc. 

Here are the questions covered in this episode:

  • I have anxiety caused by Graves disease. I'd like to get anxiety medication to help, but I'm not sure how to talk to my doctor about it. How can I bring it up?
  • My father killed himself and I want to get therapy, but I'm afraid that I'll be hospitalized. Should I bother?
  • Robert, how do you get so much done when I can hardly find a single moment to myself?

As always you can send me your anonymous questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and I'll see you next time! 

Apr 19, 2017

Hello, friends! Thanks for tuning in. In this episode, I take 3 more awesome question from you listeners. There are a couple questions from younger people, which I think is awesome. I decided to livestream this episode on my facebook page. I will try to do more of that in the future, so keep your eyes out for Tuesday night live video on the facebook page over at http://facebook.com/duffthepsych

Here are the questions covered in this episode:

  • Could my high IQ cause mental health issues?
  • What can I do when I'm bad at hiding how I feel at school or work?
  • Should I get help as a young person with depression?

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

Apr 12, 2017

Hey, friends! In this episode, I do something a bit different. I guess you could say that this is a deep dive episode that was prompted by a listener question. Someone wrote in and wanted to know more about what got me into the field of psychology in the first place and what appeals to me about it. So I get a little personal and tell you about my early life, experiences, and journey through the field of psychology. I hope you enjoy!

Next week will most likely be another question and answer episode, so please continue sending me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Apr 5, 2017

Hello, friends! I just want to take a minute to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to listen and for sending in questions to help me create this content. Also wanted to give you a heads up that I will be off of social media for next week. Anyways, here are the questions covered in this episode:

  • Now that I am out of a cult, how can manage my anxiety and make sure I give my daughter opportunities to socialize?
  • Would a polyphasic sleep schedule help me get enough rest for my shift work?
  • I'm in a good place recently. What can I do to prepare for therapy between sessions?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and if you are not yet following me on social, get on that. I'm @duffthepsych on everything. 

Mar 29, 2017

Hello, friends! Another Q & A episode for you today. If you are not yet, please follow me on facebook at http://facebook.com/duffthepsych I've been doing some cool content over there that I talk about at the top of the episode. 

Here are the questions tackled in this episode:

  • How can I address a lie that I told in my relationship?
  • What does it mean when a therapist mentions their religion in online databases?
  • How can I better prioritize topics for psychotherapy?

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

Mar 22, 2017

Hey, friends! Thanks for the patience during my week off. I talk about about that at the beginning of this episode. The remainder is dedicating to helping you understand the issue of confidentiality in psychotherapy. If you have ever wondered what information is kept private vs when a therapist can share your info, this episode is for you. This turned out to be a longer episode, because it's fairly comprehensive. I cover what you need to know about confidentiality and reporting in regards to:

  • Danger to self
  • Danger to others
  • Child abuse
  • Elder abuse
  • Minors in therapy
  • Crimes

And more. Next week will be a Q&A episode, so shoot me your questions about mental health, psychology, and life to duffthepsych@gmail.com

 

Mar 8, 2017

Okay, my friends! I think this was a great episode. I got to cover some really interesting questions that I am sure apply to many of you out there. Don't forget to check out my TEDx talk at http://duffthepsych.com/tedx. Here are the questions that are covered in this episode:

  • How can I get over feeling like I don't deserve to feel better?
  • How do you know if you actually need psychological help or if you are just blowing things out of proportion?
  • What can you do to overcome panic attacks on stage?

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

Mar 1, 2017

Hello, friends! First off, please go check out my TEDx talk at http://duffthepsych.com/tedx it would mean the world to me.

This episode is another question and answer session. I'm getting sick, so pardon any sniffles or brain farts. Here are the questions that I cover:

  • Why do I still feel anxiety even though I know everything is fine in my brain?
  • What can I do when I feel depression first coming on?
  • How can I help my daughter with borderline personality disorder?

As always you can email me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com or hit my up on social media at http://twitter.com/duffthepsych

 

Feb 22, 2017

Episode 50, guys! Woohooo!!! Man. Crazy stuff. Thank you SO FREAKIN MUCH for your continued collaboration on this podcast. Your questions and inspiration keep it going. In this episode, I reflect a bit on the journey so far and then share a few victory stories sent in by listeners. It is always important to give yourself credit for big and small moments of success when you are living with mental illness. 

Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you! Let's keep this goin. Send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and I'll see you next week. 

Feb 15, 2017

Hey, everyone! Please continue to send me in your mental health success stories both big and small. I have a few good ones, but I want more! I will be reading them on the next episode, which is freakin' episode 50!!! SO AWESOME WTFBBQ!!!

Ahem. Here are today's questions. 

  • Should I tell my friend's therapist about her suicidal behaviors? 
  • How should I talk to my boss about my depression?
  • Can you permanently get anxiety from smoking weed?

 

You can send me your questions and success stories to duffthepsych@gmail.com or on twitter at http://twitter.com/duffthepsych

 

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