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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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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

 

Feb 9, 2017

Hello, friends!

GASP! I forgot to record a podcast. I mean... I remembered, but I didn't remember in time for my usual midnight upload time. Oh well. You probably don't care.

HEY! I would love to hear your personal mental health success stories big and small. Please send them over to me in the next couple weeks for episode 50!

Here are this week's questions:

  • How can I "get over" a sexual assault that happened a couple months ago?
  • Why do I have a hard time sleeping with other people in the room?
  • What is it like having a spouse with a mental illness? 

As always you can send me your questions (and success stories) to duffthepsych@gmail.com or on twitter at http://twitter.com/duffthepsych

 

Feb 1, 2017

This episode is another deep dive episode. I decided at the last minute to go ahead and do a little rundown of my personal tips for public speaking. In particular these are tips that help me with memorization, managing stress, and knocking it out of the park when it comes to "performance" style speeches such as keynotes or TED style talks. I recently did a TEDx talk in my community, which is what prompted this entire topic. Stay tuned for that video once it's released. 

Enjoy these tips and let me know if I should do anything special for Episode 50! Hit me up on twitter at http://twitter.com/duffthepsych or at duffthepsych@gmail.com

 

Jan 25, 2017

Hello, my friends! Just wanted to say thanks again so much for always sending in such awesome, honest, and brave questions. You guys are amazing. In this episode I take a couple questions that are related to dealing with significant others who have mental illness. 

Here are the questions covered:

  • Is there a genetic link for mental illness? Is it inherited from your family?
  • What can I do about my 27 year old daughter who lives at home and is abusive toward me?
  • What can I do about my friend of 20 years who has abandonment issues and drains me emotionally?

As always you can send your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com or hit me up on social media @duffthepsych. 

Jan 18, 2017

Hello, friends! In this episode I take three new awesome questions. We cover the whole board from going heavy into some complicated terminology about neurobiology and testing all the way to hitting you with some hard truths about "saving" a relationship. Please consider sharing the show with the people in your life and on social media. You never know who might need to hear the answers to these questions. Here are the specific questions covered this episode:

  • Years ago, my IQ was estimated to be low. Can your IQ improve over time and should I be tested again?
  • How can I save my marriage with my wife who has mental illness and drinking issues?
  • What is a normal level of anxiety? When should you get help?

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

Jan 11, 2017

Alrighty, folks! Got another 3 questions to answer for you today. First off I wanted to say thanks for the recent influx of questions. I have many to choose from, which is awesome. Keep sending them in! 

As a reminder, you can find info about my books at hardcoreselfhelp.com or by looking up hardcore self help on Amazon. 

So here are the questions covered in this episode:

  • Should I take my friend up on an offer of hypnotherapy/NLP?
  • How can I manage my obsession over the news and fear of the current global climate?
  • Should I be worried about medicating my 8 year old child for serious psychiatric issues?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com or @duffthepsych on all social media. 

Jan 4, 2017

Heavy hitting questions today. Love it! I'm a little sick in this episode, so please pardon any congestion etc. That said, there are some really good points in this episode, particularly in relation to the first question. 

I dropped a couple links in the intro. Here they are: http://duffthepsych.com/dementia for my new book and http://duffthepsych.com/resources for all sorts of psych resources that I like.

Here are the questions covered in this episode:

  • How can I bring up suicidal thoughts to my doctor?
  • What can I do about my agoraphobia?
  • How can I stop being paranoid in my relationship?

As always please send me your questions (and share the show). You can reach me via email at duffthepsych@gmail.com or on twitter at http://twitter.com/duffthepsych

 

Dec 28, 2016

Hey everyone! Back with another question and answer episode after a nice little holiday. I am slightly scatter brained this episode because people kept ringing the door and interrupting me. Grrrrrrr! This episode has some great questions though, so I hope you find some useful bits of information here. This is what I cover:

  • What should I expect from medication for depression?
  • How can I address my anxiety about money?
  • How can I motivate my depressed spouse to clean the house?

If you have questions, please send them over to me at duffthepsych@gmail.com or on twitter at http://twitter.com/duffthepsych

 

Dec 21, 2016

In this episode I do something pretty different. Rather than take mental health questions, I present three ideas that I "stole" from people in fields OTHER than psychology. However, these are ideas that I think have great applications to life, emotions, and mental health. Two ideas are stolen from Tim Ferriss, who is the author of the 4 Hour book series and has an amazing podcast called the Tim Ferriss Show. The other idea is stolen from Chris Hardwick, who is the creator of the Nerdist network and a television host. 

Here are the ideas I would like you to ponder:

  • Do I need to gain it the same way I lost it?
  • What would this look like if it were easy?
  • You can not reason someone out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.

Next week will most likely be another Q&A, so send your questions over to duffthepsych@gmail.com or hit me up on twitter at http://twitter.com/duffthepsych

 

Dec 14, 2016

This episode has some tough questions! I'm glad you aren't going easy on me. Keep them coming, please! Here is what I cover:

  • How can you tell the difference between self-care and just being lazy or avoiding?
  • What can I do when I am jealous of my friend making close relationships with other people?
  • What should I do, as a senior in high school, about my mental health issues?

 

Please continue to send me your awesome questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com or on twitter at http://twitter.com/duffthepsych

Dec 7, 2016

On this episode I do a deep dive into physical symptoms and cues that are related to anxiety. Often people feel a physical sensation and their brain misinterprets it for anxiety, which prompts those familiar feelings of panic. We talk all about that. 

As a reminder, you can get a free audiobook on me by checking out http://audibletrial.com/duff and you can check out MY books over at http://hardcoreselfhelp.com

Next week is a Q and A episode, so please send me your questions at duffthepsych@gmail.com or http://twitter.com/duffthepsych

Nov 30, 2016

Great variety of questions this week. I start the episode off by sharing some of my personal strategies for coping with stress and anxiety. Then it's straight into the questions. In one of the questions, I mention an earlier episode focusing on internet therapy, so here's the link for that: http://duffthepsych.com/episode10. Here are the questions I take:

  • How can I tell me Mom that I need help without her being disappointed in me?
  • What should I do now that my therapist abandoned me?
  • How do I get back to my old self when chronic illness has me depressed?

Please send me more questions! You can reach me via email at duffthepsych@gmail.com or on twitter at http://twitter.com/duffthepsych

 

 

 

Nov 23, 2016

Thanks for your patience with my little break last week. I needed to allow myself to be human for a bit. Hopefully you enjoyed and made good use of the guided relaxation. This week it's back to the questions. I take some tough but important questions in this episode. Here's what we cover:

  • Is it possible for a relationship to survive emotional abuse?
  • Should I be worried about my word finding difficulties?
  • How do I feel better about cutting ties with my family?

As always you can send me your questions at duffthepsych@gmail.com or on twitter at http://twitter.com/duffthepsych

 

Nov 16, 2016

Things have been weird over here in the states. I need a break from podcasting this week and I think we could all use a little relaxation. Whether this relaxation is to help you cope or to rejuvenate you to get back out there and keep at it... you deserve a few deep breaths. What I uploaded for you this week is a guided muscle relaxation. There is no intro or anything like that. I just dive straight into a walkthrough of how you can use your breath and muscle tension to put yourself into a deep state of relaxation. Enjoy and take good care of yourselves.

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