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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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Dec 17, 2021

Hello, all! Great episode here for you today thanks to a couple awesome listener questions. If you haven't yet gotten a copy of my 500 Journal Prompts book, it makes a perfect little stocking stuffer. Check it out!

Here are the questions from this episode:

  • My sister is depressed, even though nothing is wrong with her life and I'm frustrated by it. What can I do?
  • Due to my addiction to methamphetamine and heroin, I feel like I don't deserve to get better. Should I feel this way?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode283

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

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.

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!

Dec 10, 2021

Hello, all! Hope your week has been phenomenal. I appreciate you all! In this episode, I tackle the following questions:

  • I was recently ghosted after talking to someone I met on a dating app for a few weeks. Why is it affecting me so much and what can I do about it?
  • How can I get over my exercise-induced anxiety and heart palpatations?

As always you can find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode282 and send your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com

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Sponsor:

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

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.

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.

Dec 3, 2021

Hello, friends! Thank you to all of you that have been sharing the podcast as part of your Spotify Wrapped posts. Amazing to think that I've been a significant part of your year. I appreciate you so much!

In this episode, I tackle the following questions:

  • I've worked through most of my trauma, but issues still arise in my relationship from time to time. How can I avoid passing these issues down to my young child?
  • I work with severe populations in a healthcare setting. I feel like I could be experiencing caregiver burnout. Is this possible and what can I do about it?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and get the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode281

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This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by Ritual and Skylight Calendar.

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Nov 27, 2021

Hello, all! If you spent some time off from work and/or with loved ones over the "holiday", I hope you have really enjoyed yourself. I'm incredibly grateful for you all. In this episode, I tackle the following awesome listener questions:

  • I have a much lower sexual drive than my spouse and she thinks I don't find her attractive because of it. What can I do?
  • Every time I'm in a relationship, my mental health crumbles. Why?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes to this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode280

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This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by MasterClass and Skylight Calendar.

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.

With a mission to connect loved ones, Skylight Calendar displays your family events on a simple, touchscreen device. Now, as a special offer, you can get $10 off your purchase of a Skylight Calendar when you go to skylightframe.com/calendar and enter code HARDCORE at checkout.

Nov 27, 2021

Hello, all! If you spent some time off from work and/or with loved ones over the "holiday", I hope you have really enjoyed yourself. I'm incredibly grateful for you all. In this episode, I tackle the following awesome listener questions:

  • I have a much lower sexual drive than my spouse and she thinks I don't find her attractive because of it. What can I do?
  • Every time I'm in a relationship, my mental health crumbles. Why?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes to this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode280

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This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by MasterClass and Skylight Calendar.

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.

With a mission to connect loved ones, Skylight Calendar displays your family events on a simple, touchscreen device. Now, as a special offer, you can get $10 off your purchase of a Skylight Calendar when you go to skylightframe.com/calendar and enter code HARDCORE at checkout.

Nov 19, 2021

Hello, all! Apologies in advance for my croaky voice. My voice is totally shot from the week, but I do my best to give you responses to the following awesome questions:

  • I have brought about my own problems and don't feel that I deserve to get better. How do I approach this seemingly insurmountable problem?
  • My partner and I are on a break to work on ourselves after suffering a number of losses and a terrible year overall. How can I make this work?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode279

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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.

Nov 12, 2021

Hello, friends! After a quick update about the whole Thanksgiving situation at my kid's school, I dive into the following amazing questions:

  • My previous therapist was sexually inappropriate. How can I trust therapists again?
  • My depression doesn't go away no matter what I do and I'm not making progress in therapy. What can I do?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and show notes are available at http://duffthepsych.com/episode278

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

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!

Nov 5, 2021

Hello, friends! In this episode, I start with some concerns from my personal life that tie into some social psychology concepts before jumping into the following questions:

  • Co-parenting with my ex is difficult given our difference in opinion about discipline. How do I stop our interactions from driving me crazy?
  • My partner retreats and can't feel anything when he is in a depressive state. What can I do to make him know that I'm here for him?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and show notes are available at http://duffthepsych.com/episode277

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

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.

Ritual’s Essential for Women 18+ Multivitamin was formulated by exhaustive research to help fill nutrient gaps in the diets of women ages 18+. Right now Ritual is offering my listeners 10% off their first three months. Visit ritual.com/DUFF and turn healthy habits into a Ritual.

Oct 29, 2021

Hello, friends! Super happy to bring you this Q&A episode today. I take the following questions:

  • What can I do when it feels like my wife doesn't care about me anymore?
  • Is there a point where the cost of healing just isn't worth it?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and get show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode276

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This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by Seed Health and Felix Gray.

Seed Health is a microbial sciences company pioneering applications of microbes for human and planetary health. Their flagship product Daily Synbiotic provides a broad-spectrum, 2-in-1 probiotic + prebiotic to help aid digestion and improve gut health and beyond. Start a new healthy habit today. Visit seed.com/DUFF and use code DUFF to redeem 20% off your first month of Seed’s Daily Synbiotic.

Felix Gray manufacture the Blue Light glasses that started it all. Get yourself a pair of glasses made for the 21st century and designed for modern, hardworking eyes.  Go to felixgrayglasses.com/duff for the best Blue Light glasses on the market and receive Free Shipping, Free Returns, and Free Exchanges.

 

Oct 22, 2021

Hello, friends! I have a really cool episode for you today. Meditation is a tool that I use often and is one of the most important things in my personal mental health toolkit. But for a lot of people, meditation just doesn't do the trick. Or it's too hard. Or it's actually scary.

In this episode, I share my best tips for meditation. I hope to get you to loosen your interpretation of meditation and the high expectations you put on yourself. 

Have a listen and let me know what you think!

As always you can send me questions for future episodes to duffthepsych@gmail.com and show notes are available at duffthepsych.com/episode275

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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.

Oct 15, 2021

Hello, all! I hope that you are having a great week. I got a great episode for you here with the following questions:

  • How can I get help for my depression when I can't talk about my feelings?
  • How do I stop feeling like such a bad person all the time?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode274

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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!

Oct 8, 2021

Hello, friends! Got a nice Q&A for you today with a little rambling at the top. Here's what I answer:

  • My son went through a horrific tragedy. How can he move forward?
  • How can I avoid being so desperate for love?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and show notes are available at duffthepsych.com/episode273

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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.

Oct 1, 2021

Hello, all! So... I'm an idiot and had to record this episode twice. Oops. BUT I'm super glad to be releasing this. I answered the following awesome questions in this episode:

  • I have depression, OCD, PTSD, etc. and I have no idea how to explain all of this to my partner without overwhelming them. What do I do?
  • How can I get out of my pandemic rut when I have lost my zest for life and school?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and show notes are available at duffthepsych.com/episode272

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Sep 24, 2021

Hello, friends! This episode is a nice Q&A with some great listener-submitted questions. The first one involves some discussion about suicide. Although nothing graphic, just be aware of that. Here are the two questions I cover this episode:

  • I have had thoughts of suicide for a long time, but have never made an attempt. How do I know when to take the thoughts seriously?
  • I am making mistakes at my new job and it's making me anxious and giving me insomnia. This is causing me to make more mistakes and I'm afraid I'm going to lose my job. How can I break this cycle?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and full show notes are at duffthepsych.com/episode271

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

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.

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 17, 2021

Hello, friends! In this episode, I answer a couple listener questions that are less about direct advice and more about general questions in the field of mental health and psychology. Here's what I cover:

  • Why are there so few mental health providers and why are waitlists so long?
  • Does it make sense to have multiple overlapping diagnoses?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and full show notes are at duffthepsych.com/episode270

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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.

Sep 10, 2021

Hello, friends! In this episode, I have a Q&A featuring the following questions:

  • How can I continue to work on my longtime childhood trauma when I don't remember a lot of my past?
  • Do I have a chance of getting back in my long-distance relationship even though I'm pursuing a Ph.D.?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode269

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

Seed Health is a microbial sciences company pioneering applications of microbes for human and planetary health. Their flagship product Daily Synbiotic provides a broad-spectrum, 2-in-1 probiotic + prebiotic to help aid digestion and improve gut health and beyond. Start a new healthy habit today. Visit seed.com/DUFF and use code DUFF to redeem 20% off your first month of Seed’s Daily Synbiotic.

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!

Sep 3, 2021

Hello, friends! On this episode, I had my wife back on the show. We just chilled on the couch and had a nice wide-ranging conversation about our lives right now, where our relationship is at, and even some of our pet peeves with each other. Enjoy!

Send me your questions for future episodes to duffthepsych@gmail.com and don't forget to check out my new book of 500 journal prompts!

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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.

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Aug 27, 2021

Alright, everyone! Another great Q&A for you featuring the following questions:

  • How can I move past my traumatic history of bullying and parental violence?
  • What is the difference between a friendship and intimate relationship?

Don't forget to get your copy of 500 Journal Prompts for Mental Health, Creativity, and Personal Exploration! 

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and show notes are available at duffthepsych.com/episode267

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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.

Seed is a microbial sciences company pioneering applications of microbes for human and planetary health. Their flagship product Daily Synbiotic provides a broad-spectrum, 2-in-1 probiotic + prebiotic to help aid digestion and improve gut health and beyond. Start a new healthy habit today. Visit seed.com/DUFF and use code DUFF to redeem 20% off your first month of Seed’s Daily Synbiotic.

 

Aug 20, 2021

Hello, friends! This is a straightforward Q&A with the following questions:

  • How can I work on my social skills as a socially anxious introvert?
  • What can I do about my depression when I can't afford traditional therapy?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and full show notes are at duffthepsych.com/episode266

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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.

Aug 13, 2021

Hello, friends! Looks like I have a bit of a cold, so bear with my voice and breathing in this one. Got a great Q&A with the following thought-provoking questions:

  • I don't have many friends and find myself becoming attracted to my doctor. Is there something wrong with my relationship?
  • How can I deal with my jealousy and insecurity in relationships?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and full show notes are at duffthepsych.com/episode265

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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!

Aug 6, 2021

Hello, friends! Hope you are well. Cruising along over here. Super ready for a relaxing weekend. In this episode, I tackle the following questions:

  • I self-harmed (cut) when I was young and I still struggle with different forms of self-harm. Is therapy still an option?
  • What can I do to feel joy again when my depression is strong?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode264

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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.

Jul 30, 2021

Hello, everyone! At the start of this episode, I give a quick little ramble about a case that I'm working on to talk about some of the nuances with conservatorship and trying to help someone that can't care for their own needs. That's about the first 10 minutes. After that, I hop into the following questions:

  • My family thinks I should be able to fix them since I'm studying psychology. What should I do?
  • My sibling is afraid of having the same mental illness as me and our parent. How can I help?

As always, you can send your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode263

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Jul 23, 2021

Hello, all! So just a little heads up. I'm super annoyed because in this episode, there were a couple undesirable sounds including a loud as cricket that wanted to ruin my life and also a rattling microphone that was being dramatic whenever I slightly bumped it.

Aside from that, it was a great episode that covers the following questions:

  • I love my partner, but I crave attention from others. Why am I this way and what can I do about it?
  • I may have borderline personality disorder, but don't want my diagnosis to be a crutch. What can I do to live a normal life?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode262

 

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Jul 16, 2021

Hello, friends! Another Q&A Episode for you today featuring the following questions:

  • What can I do about my separation anxiety every time my partner leaves?
  • Why am I so mad at my therapist for diagnosing me with an eating disorder?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode261

 

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.

Jul 9, 2021

Hello, all! I hope you're taking great care of yourselves. Been a busy busy week over here in DuffLand. In this episode, I cover the following awesome listener questions:

  • How can I overcome my lack of appetite due to anxiety?
  • What can I do about my negative body image?

As always, you can send me questions for the show to duffthepsych@gmail.com you can also find the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode260

 

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.

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