The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych

By Robert Duff, Ph.D.

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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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Episode 271: When to Take Suicidality Seriously & Scared of Losing Dream Job
45:11

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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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 24, 2021
Episode 270: The Problem with Mental Healthcare & Overlapping Diagnoses
39:32

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 17, 2021
Episode 269: Repressed Childhood Trauma and Long-Distance Relationship
34:42

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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Sep 10, 2021
Episode 268: My Lovely Wife Returns
01:04:11

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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Sep 03, 2021
Episode 267: Moving Forward From Trauma & Relationship Boundaries and Expectations
37:17

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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Aug 27, 2021
Episode 266: Developing Social Skills & Alternatives to Therapy
41:31

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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Aug 20, 2021
Episode 265: Why Am I Attracted to My Doctor & Dealing with Jealousy in Relationships
36:14

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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Aug 13, 2021
Episode 264: Addressing Self-Harm as an Adult & Depression Tips
43:57

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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Aug 06, 2021
Episode 263: Treating Family Members & Sibling Mental Health Fears
30:46

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 30, 2021
Episode 262: Feeling Bad for Wanting Attention & Diagnosis as a Crutch
39:11

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 23, 2021
Episode 261: Relationship Separation Anxiety & Anger at your Therapist's Diagnosis
35:50

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

 

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Jul 16, 2021
Episode 260: Loss of Appetite with Anxiety & Battling with a Negative Body Image
40:01

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

 

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Jul 09, 2021
Episode 259: Supporting a Grieving Parent & Returning to Work After a Mental Health Break
47:16

Hello, friends! I hope you are taking great care of yourselves this week. To be honest, I've seen a lot of people having a bit of a hard time. If you are in this camp, I see you! This episode features the following amazing listener questions:

  • My mother-in-law's son just died by suicide. How can I best support her?
  • I am hoping to return to work after taking a break due to severe mental health issues. How can I make it work?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and see full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode259

This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by Better Help and Cozy Earth.

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Jul 02, 2021
Episode 258: Rapid Fire Q&A Part 2 - Coping with Emotional Content, Relationship Expectations, and more!
46:04

Hello, friends! Back with part 2 of the rapid fire Q&A. There were so many awesome questions on my original post that I couldn't stop with one episode. Here are the questions I cover:

  • Hi Duff, you’ve touched on this before but… have you ever come across anyone stuck thinking they have reached their maximum potential in life/not sure where to go from their current spot in life, and is there anything you could offer from a physiological perspective to overcome this? Currently feeling like I will be forever stuck in this moment and moving forward seems nearly impossible. (Sorry in advance if the question doesn’t make sense)
  • How does one get over the expectation of being in a relationship? Like you grow up watching relationships and relationships but like...what if it doesn't happen? Should it happen? Also...how can one finally let go of what their parents didn't do while one was growing up... 
  • How can you learn to accept compliments and not be awkward?

I also talk a bit about my own strategies for combatting the darkness that can come with working in a heavily emotional field.

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

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Jun 25, 2021
Episode 257: Rapid Fire Q&A - Making New Friends, Seeking Good Advice, Panic or Heart Attack, and More!
51:58

Hello, all! In this episode, I am doing some rapid fire question and answer from a prompt that I threw up on Instagram. Please enjoy! 

If you have a question for the podcast that you'd like me to consider, please send it to duffthepsych@gmail.com and don't forget to use the search bar on duffthepsych.com if you want to see whether I have covered a specific topic in the past. 

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Jun 18, 2021
Episode 256: Trauma Misconceptions and Posttraumatic Growth with Dr. Laura Copley
53:13

Hello, friends! This episode is a re-post of an interview I did a couple years ago with the amazing Dr. Laura Copley. Dr. Copley is a trauma specialist and talks all about PTSD, trauma misconceptions, posttraumatic growth, and gives you some practical tools to use if you encounter trauma in your life. 

She's doing a bunch of cool stuff including online courses, which you can learn all about over at lauracopley.com

As always, you can send me questions or topics to duffthepsych@gmail.com and also please let me know if you'd like me to start doing interviews again!

 

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Jun 11, 2021
Episode 255: St. John's Wort for Depression & Sleep Anxiety After Flu
45:04

Hello, friends! I hope you're having a really good week. Enjoyed making this episode for you. The questions here have somewhat of a theme. Here are the questions I take:

  • I don't have access to psychiatry in my area. Can I use St. John's wort to treat my depression?
  • I live in a place where mental health is taboo. How can I improve my anxiety around sleeping without treatment?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the show notes for this episode at duffthepsych.com/episode255.

 

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Jun 04, 2021
Episode 254: Reliving Trauma Through Avoidant Personality Disorder & Desperation, Parenting and Life with Major Depressive Disorder
42:02

Hello, all! Hopefully you are doing well and sleeping better than I have been recently. Yikes. This episode is another Q&A with some awesome and vulnerable listener-submitted questions. Here's what I cover:

  • Why do I keep gravitating toward media that reminds me of my trauma?
  • I feel like a failure of a mother due to my depression. What can I do?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes for this episode at duffthepsych.com/episode254

 

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May 28, 2021
Episode 253: The Impact of Misdiagnosis & Recognizing Depression
01:05:39

Hello, friends! After a little (big) ramble about the hardest part in my job as a neuropsychologist, I answer the following questions:

  • Can bipolar misdiagnosis make symptoms worse? Can bipolar be managed without medication?
  • Why can't I study or get out of bed at all?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode253

 

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May 21, 2021
Episode 252: Divorcing Someone Who is Depressed & Going Back to College After 30
37:07

Hello, friends! After a long ramble about some terribly nerdy stuff, I get into two really good listener questions today. Here's what I cover:

  • My spouse claims that I am the cause of their depression and we do not have a good relationship. Would divorcing them cause too much harm?
  • I am back in college as a 30 year old and feel out of place. What should I do?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode252

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May 14, 2021
Episode 252: Divorcing Someone Who is Depressed & Going Back to College After 30

Hello, friends! After a long ramble about some terribly nerdy stuff, I get into two really good listener questions today. Here's what I cover:

  • My spouse claims that I am the cause of their depression and we do not have a good relationship. Would divorcing them cause too much harm?
  • I am back in college as a 30 year old and feel out of place. What should I do?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode252

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May 14, 2021
Episode 251: Work Burnout Trauma & Adult Autism Suspicions
40:22

Hello, all! In this episode, I answer two questions submitted by awesome listeners like yourself. I hope you enjoy and that you're taking great care of yourself.

Here are the questions:

  • Can you get PTSD from severe work burnout?
  • What should I do if my therapist doesn't believe that I might by autistic?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and full show notes are available at duffthepsych.com/episode251

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May 07, 2021
Episode 250: The Ethics of Placebo & Coping with Career Grief
37:31

Hello, friends! Straightforward Q&A for you today. Here's what I cover:

  • My grandma is taking a supplement that is clearly just placebo. Is this okay?
  • Is it normal to feel grief at the end of a career?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out duffthepsych.com/episode250 for full show notes. 

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Apr 30, 2021
Episode 249: Feeling Bad About Feeling Good & Suicide Jealousy
36:02

Hello, all! Please excuse my mistake with the episode number. Bah! I also was perhaps a little delirious, but that just adds to the flavor... right?? 

In this Q&A, I answer the following:

  • Every time I do something for myself, I feel guilty about it. How do I stop this pattern?
  • I felt envy when I heard about someone that lost their life to suicide. Should I feel bad about that?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and stop by duffthepsych.com/episode249 for full show notes!

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Apr 23, 2021
Episode 248: Getting Personal Responding to My Own Journal Prompts
55:47

Hello, everyone! In this episode, I sit down and have a go at my own journal prompts from the 100 Free Journal Prompts on my website. Some of my responses are entertaining and straight forward... others get pretty personal. Hope you enjoy!

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

Don't forget to get your free 100 journal prompts at duffthepsych.com/workbook! 

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Apr 16, 2021
Episode 247: Health Anxiety During a Pandemic & Suicidality in Children
41:35

Hello, friends! Got another Q&A episode for you. The 2nd question in here could be potentially triggering to some, so please be aware of that. It doesn't go into anything explicit, but the topic is something that some may be sensitive to. Here's what we cover:

  • How can I use exposure to treat health anxiety during this pandemic?
  • My friend's 6-year-old child has suicidal thoughts. How can I best support them?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode247

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Apr 09, 2021
Episode 246: Are Trauma Details Necessary in Therapy & Supporting Someone with BPD
39:41

Hello, you beautiful people! Today I have a question and answer episode with two great questions sent in by listeners like you. Quick update before that.

I'm current working on a Hardcore Self Help workbook for anxiety. You can get the 100 journal prompts from that notebook as a freebie for signing up at duffthepsych.com/workbook!

Here are the questions:

  • I have come to realize that I've been abused but it's hard to talk about. Do I need to share exactly what happened in therapy?
  • I have a friend with borderline personality disorder and I also have BPD. How can I best support them when they are upset?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode246

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Apr 02, 2021
Episode 245: Working Through a Complicated Break Up Alone & Confidentiality in Therapy
30:04

Hello, friends! Got a Q&A for you today that is actually just one two-part question. Stay tuned next week for a freebie update!

Here's two-part question:

  • I'm going through a breakup in a complicated long-term relationship, but I can't talk to people honestly about it. What can I do?
  • Will a therapist report me for being a sex worker?

As always you can send me your questions or topic suggestions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and full show notes are available at duffthepsych.com/episode245

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Mar 26, 2021
Episode 244: "Accidental" Overdose & Becoming a Psychologist with Bipolar
41:37

Hello, friends! I hope you're having a really good week. This is a Q&A episode with two really important questions. The first one talks about a suicide attempt in a non-graphic way. I wanted to let you know that off the bat so you can be aware going into it. Nothing intense or visually striking, but potentially triggering nonetheless. 

Questions for this episode:

  • I had a suicide attempt that everyone thinks was an accidental overdose. Do I need to tell my family the truth?
  • I have severe bipolar 1 and I have always wanted to become a psychologist and do therapy. Is this possible?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and if you'd like to see the full show notes head over to duffthepsych.com/episode244

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Mar 19, 2021
Episode 243: Exploring Bisexuality in Marriage & Postpartum Anxiety During COVID
32:54

Hello, friends! Sorry in advance that the audio is a tiny bit blown out in this one. Hopefully you don't notice, but something weird was going on with my audio interface. 

ANYWAYS... got a great episode here for you today. Two questions that I felt somewhat underqualified to answer, as a man, but they were too good not to share. The questions are:

  • I am realizing that I am more gay than I thought. How can I explore this in the context of my long-term heterosexual relationship?
  • Between a new baby and COVID, my anxiety is getting terrible. What can I do?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and if you'd like to see the full show notes, check out duffthepsych.com/episode243!

Mar 12, 2021
Episode 242: Not Getting Better Fast Enough, COVID Financial Worries, Working on Yourself During Breakup
42:26

Hello, friends! In this episode, I take a few shorter questions covering some amazing topics such as:

  • Will my psychiatrist or therapist drop me for not getting better fast enough?
  • What can I do about financial and job insecurity during COVID?
  • How can I balance working on myself and giving space during a break from my relationship?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and if you'd like to see full show notes check out duffthepsych.com/episode242

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Mar 05, 2021
Episode 241: Coping with Loneliness & Negative Self Perceptions and Insecurities
40:44

Hello, all! Hope you're happyish and safeish out there. This is a two-question Q&A episode featuring the following:

  • I've tried just about everything to help myself but the pandemic is making it impossible to improve my loneliness. What can I do?
  • I'm worried about my boyfriend looking at hotter women on social media. What can I do about this insecurity?

As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and view the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode241

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Feb 26, 2021
Episode 240: What I've Been Up To Lately
46:41

Hey, friends! This is just a casual episode of me sharing about what I've been up to lately. It's a big ol' ramble about many topics including:

  • My experience with the COVID vaccine
  • What my newest project is
  • What my days look like right now
  • Balancing work, work, work, and life
  • What I'm doing for fun

Next week will be a Q&A episode, so please send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com

And if you have a moment, please go check out the Giving Voice to Depression podcast!

Feb 19, 2021
Episode 239: Collective PTSD, No-Showing Therapy, Caregiving with Anxiety, Depression Options
52:07

Hello, friends! This week, I have another rapid-fire Q&A for you. I took some questions from the private Hardcore Self Help Facebook group and tackled them one by one without any planning or outlining. Hope you enjoy! Here are the questions covered:

  • How do you feel about people using the term "collective PTSD"?
  • What can I do when I always get scared and cancel therapy sessions?
  • Are medications always necessary for severe depression?
  • How can I be a caregiver with anxiety?

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

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Feb 12, 2021
Episode 238: Support Group Problems & Grad School Doubts
52:06

Hello, everyone! Hope you're treating yourselves well this week. I have a great Q&A for you with the following questions:

  • I have had trouble with support groups. The competition to be the "sickest" makes me feel worse. Am I doing something wrong?
  • I am having doubts about whether I should be in my graduate school program. What should I do?

As always you can send me YOUR questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode238

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Feb 05, 2021
Episode 237: 20 Tips to Help You Focus
58:58

Whether you are diagnosed with an attentional disorder like ADHD or you are just having a hard time focusing right now, I have 20 real tips that will help you focus more and stress less. 

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Jan 29, 2021
Episode 236: Mental Health within Couples & Coping with the Winter Blues
33:44

Hello, friends! In this Q&A, I tackle two interesting listener questions relating to couples who both go through dips in their mental wellness at the same time, and coping with the winter blues and what you can do to help yourself feel better!

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If you have a question for the podcast, send it over to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Full show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode236

Jan 22, 2021
Episode 235: My Wife Gets Real about Psychiatry Frustrations
57:51

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 15, 2021
Episode 234: Getting Through a Breakup
35:55

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

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Jan 08, 2021
Episode 234: Getting Through a Breakup

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 08, 2021
Episode 233: Rapid Fire Part 2 - Pandemic Alcoholism, All or Nothing Thinking, Bad Pharmacies, and More
46:21

Hello, friends! Today I am doing a continuation of the last episode. I'm not at the part today, but I am at home cracking away at the Facebook questions in rapid fire fashion. Hope you enjoy! Here are the questions that I answer:

  • How do I find a middle ground between 100% positive and 100% negative?
  • What's the plan for getting back to normal alcohol consumption after higher use during the pandemic?
  • How do you get professional help when you're too depressed to ask for help?
  • What should I do about inappropriate pharmacy staff?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and be sure to check out the online course if you haven't at kickanxietycourse.com

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Dec 17, 2020
Episode 232: Rapid Fire Q&A - Sleep Apnea, Dating After Abuse, and More
49:58

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 10, 2020
Episode 231: A guided meditation to get you through 2020
30:04

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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Dec 03, 2020
Episode 230: Distancing Yourself from Family & Grieving for a Much Loved Pet
31:49

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 26, 2020
Episode 229: Never Setting Boundaries & How Much Better is Enough?
31:06

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 19, 2020
Bonus Episode: Top Mental Health Tools with Himalaya
24:30

Hello, all! Bringing you a little bonus episode today. I recently teamed up with Himalaya to create a full audio course all about top mental health tools that you can use to improve your life. Check out himalaya.com/duff and use promo code DUFF for your first 14 days free!

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Nov 15, 2020
Episode 228: Roommate with BPD and Connecting to Others Again
40:17

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 12, 2020
Episode 227: Reaching Out for Help with Depression & Coping with Suicidal Thoughts
44:25

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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Nov 05, 2020
Episode 226: 32 Things in 32 Years
01:17:50

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 29, 2020
Episode 225: Auditory Hallucinations & Hitting a Roadblock with Depression and Anxiety
28:50

Hello, friends! This is a fascinating Q&A that answers a question relating to something we call non-clinical auditory hallucinations. In other words, hearing something that isn't actually there. I also offer advice on what you can do when you've hit a roadblock with your depression and anxiety. Enjoy!

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If you have a question for a future episode, send it over to duffthepsych@gmail.com

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Oct 22, 2020
Episode 224: What's Working for Me Right Now
40:35

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 15, 2020
Episode 223: Episode 223: Is Hypnotherapy Valid? & Family Drama During the Holidays
26:33

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 

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Oct 01, 2020
Episode 222: Moving Through Crisis w/ My Wife Joelle
54:47

Hello, friends. A lot of you have been asking to an update from my wife, Joelle. Today, I have her on the show to talk about what led up to her recent mental health crisis and how things have progressed since that time. She has undergone six ketamine infusion treatments, started with a psychiatrist, and started with a new therapist. We talk about all of these things and she does an amazing job of making visual metaphors for the ways in which she is changing. Enjoy!

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Sep 24, 2020
Episode 221: Priced Out of Therapy & Living with a Traumatic Past
42:00

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 17, 2020
Episode 220: I Don't Want Kids & Can I Call Therapist Between Sessions?
36:58

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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Sep 10, 2020
Episode 219: Getting Real and Personal About Crisis Options
48:35

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 27, 2020
Episode 218: Lifestyle and Habit Changes for Anxiety
01:19:35

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

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Aug 20, 2020
Episode 217: Communication and Active Listening Tips
01:05:26

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

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Aug 13, 2020
Episode 216: Long Distance Fiance & Bedtime Adrenaline Surges
35:03

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!

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Jul 31, 2020
Episode 215: Depression Motivation Exercise, Abusive Ex
31:16

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

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Jul 23, 2020
Episode 214: Mask Anxiety and Medication Considerations
31:57

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 16, 2020
Episode 213: My Wife and I Talk Quarantine Hobbies and Poly Relationships
55:28

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. 

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Jul 10, 2020
Episode 212: Unhooking from Thoughts Meditation
20:51

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!

Jul 02, 2020
Episode 211: 10 Common Thinking Traps
41:01

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 25, 2020
Episode 210: Helping Depressed Friend, Questioning Your Gender Identity
32:01

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

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Jun 11, 2020
Episode 209: How to Get the Most out of Therapy
43:35

Hello, friends! This is a re-release of episode 74, in which I dive deep into 10 tips that you can use to get the most out of therapy. This is great advice whether you are a therapy newbie, a seasoned veteran, or still thinking about whether therapy is for you. Here are the tips I cover:

  1. You don’t need to impress your therapist
  2. Don’t lie to your therapist
  3. Don’t be afraid to get emotional and let it out
  4. Challenge your therapist and correct them
  5. If it’s not working, say something
  6. Find someone you are comfortable with
  7. Get therapy sooner
  8. Take notes and journal
  9. Do the homework and practice the skills
  10. Talk about the relationship between you and your therapist during session

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and don't forget that the Kick Anxiety's Ass course remains open until the quarantine is over (it isn't).

May 28, 2020
Episode 208: Trouble With Video Therapy, Second Language Anxiety
34:59

Hello, friends! Quick reminder that easing of COVID-19 restrictions does not mean that the pandemic is over. For the sake of at-risk people like me, please continue being smart. 

That said, this episode is a 2-question Q&A covering the following:

  • I feel like I'm getting less out of video therapy. What can I do?
  • I have massive anxiety speaking my 2nd language about certain people. How can I become less anxious?

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

May 22, 2020
Episode 207: Still Working During COVID, Avoiding Group Therapy
32:37

Hello, friends! This is a nice and easy two-question Q&A episode. I hope you're all taking great care of yourselves and staying healthy. I'll be back next week with another episode! Here are the questions covered this week:

  • I am required to work in the office during COVID and I'm having a hard time. What can I do?
  • I'm anxious about having to do group therapy. Should I avoid it?

As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com If you haven't yet, make sure to check out my comprehensive online course at http://kickanxietycourse.com

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. Go to http://thrivemarket.com/duff to learn more.

May 14, 2020
Episode 206: Dr. Lindsay Weisner on Destigmatizing Teen Suicidality
01:01:20

Hello, friends! This episode features an interview that I did with clinical psychologist Dr. Lindsay Weisner. We talk about many things during the interview, but Dr. Weisner's main goal is to destigmatize the conversation surrounding teen suicidality. Listen to learn more about why and how.

This episode is brought to you by Gravity Blankets. Head over to gravityblankets.com and use the promo code "DUFF" to get 20% off your first weighted blanket order!

Check out the full show notes, including all of Dr. Weisner's links at duffthepsych.com/epsiode206

May 01, 2020
Episode 205: More Personal Reflections from Robert
37:39

This is another episode in which I turned on the mic and sort of just rambled. I talk about life during quarantine, I talk about my new poly relationship, I talk about how my house is now stuffed to the gills with people and animals, and I talk about how we are all collectively having a hard time focusing. This is a low-key direct from my heart to your ears type of episode. If it bores you to sleep... you're welcome for the sleep!

This episode was sponsored by the Savvy Psychologist podcast. If you are looking for short digestible bites of mental health and psychology information, give them a try!

Apr 23, 2020
Episode 204: Dr. Drew Anderson on Staying Afloat During COVID-19
52:44

Hello, friends! This is a great interview with Dr. Drew Anderson, a licensed psychologist specializing in assessing and treating eating disorders, body image disturbance, and the psychological and medical problems associated with these things. Keeping with the COVID-19 focus, we chat about things you need to look out for with regard to disordered eating behaviors when you're in quarantine, as well as things anybody can do to help regulate themselves and stay afloat as well as possible during this period. 

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

Our sponsor for this episode is the awesome Gravity Blankets. Check them out and get 20% off your first order by using the promo code "DUFF"!

As a reminder, the Kick Anxiety's Ass course will remain open until quarantine ends.

Apr 16, 2020
Episode 203: COVID Q&A - Abuse in Isolation, Missing Touch, Dreading Going Back to Normal
32:19

In this episode, we are continuing the trend of focusing on content related to the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine. However, this week, we are getting back to the normal Q&A format. Here are the questions that are covered:

  • What do I do about being stuck with my abusive mother during quarantine?
  • I'm enjoying quarantine. What can I do about my dread of going back to normal?
  • How can I deal with missing physical touch during quarantine?

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

This episode is sponsored by Lionrock Recovery. Check out lionrockrecovery.com/duff for more info about their confidential online treatment programs for substance use.

Don't forget the Kick Anxiety's Ass course will remain open until the end of quarantine before I close new enrollments.

Apr 09, 2020
Episode 202: A Quick Coronavirus Pep Talk
09:27

This is a much shorter episode than usual. I just wanted to stop in to give you some words of encouragement and just a little bit of advice. You are allowed to be human and we will all get through this together. 

As a reminder, the Kick Anxiety's Ass course enrollments are extended until the quarantine period is finished. Now is the time to invest in your mental health at a hugely discounted rate. Learn more at http://kickanxietycourse.com

Apr 02, 2020
Episode 201: Managing News and Media Intake
51:32

Why hello, everyone. I hope you're quarantine is slightly less maddening than mine... I will likely be putting out episodes that are directly or indirectly related to our collective experience of the covid-19 pandemic for a while.

Today's episode is an entire module from my online course, Kick Anxiety's Ass, which is have extended enrollments in until this pandemic has chilled the heck out. This is module 8: The World Is Crazy. 

There are three lessons covering ways to better manage the flow of information from news and social media. There is so much information and so many updates right now that it's easy to fall into a pattern of compulsively checking your phone. I hope this helps <3

This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. They are a great option for finding support while you are stuck in your home. 

Mar 26, 2020
Episode 200: A Guided Relaxation for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
29:08

Hello, friends! Well. Things have changed drastically since the last podcast episode. I was thinking about doing something special for episode 200, but since all of our lives have been consumed by this pandemic and the quarantine efforts, I thought it would be most helpful to do something related to that.

In this episode, I give you a few of my thoughts about how to best get through this time and then guide you through some visualization and breathing to help you let go and get some much needed rest. I truly hope that it helps a bit. 

Mar 18, 2020
Episode 199: Health Anxiety with Dr. Gordon Asmundson
49:26

Well well well... I definitely did not plan to release this podcast on the week that we find out the world is rapidly approaching a global pandemic, but here we are. In this episode, I speak to guest, Dr. Gordon Asmundson, a psychologist, professor, and author, all about health anxiety. Just as a heads up, we do not talk specifically about COVID-19 or any other Corona viruses in this episode. Rather, this is a subject that many have requested. I will likely speak more about COVID-19 and more about health anxiety in general in a future episode. 

Check out Dr. Asmundson's book, It's Not All in Your Head on Amazon!

And don't forget that you have just days left to hop on the massive Kick Anxiety's Ass course discount before enrollments close entirely. 

Mar 12, 2020
Episode 198: Finding the Right Online Therapist, Help with Grief, Family Gathering Anxiety
33:17

Hello, everyone! Another Q&A episode for you today.

Don't forget that the Kick Anxiety's Ass $75 sale is still going on for a couple weeks before new enrollments close. Check it out if you haven't yet.

Here are the questions covered in this episode:

  • What can I do when therapy apps don't have male providers in my state?
  • How can I deal with the grief from losing my mother?
  • How can I feel less anxiety at my partner's family gatherings?

As always you can send me your questions and suggestions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and full show notes are available at duffthepsych.com/episode198

Lionrock recovery is the sponsor for this episode. Please have a look at their site if you or someone you love needs to change their use of alcohol or other substances.

Mar 05, 2020
Episode 197: Personal Updates from Robert
39:39

This episode is a little different. Rather than doing a Q&A, interview, or deep dive, I just wanted to sit with you for a while and give you some updates on where I'm at in life. I'm a real person, just like you. That the whole point of this Duff the Psych "mental health for real people" thing. So, I want to talk with you about my unexpected career changes, what's going on with my kids, how my relationship is going, and just let you in on the guy that you listen to each week. Hope you aren't bored out of your mind!

As a reminder, the Kick Anxiety's Ass course is still going with the massive price drop down to $75 or $25 monthly. Check it out now while you still have the chance!

Feb 27, 2020
Episode 196: Switching Therapy Types, Managing Child's Outbursts, Fixing a Relationship
41:24

Hello, friends! This is a nice Q&A episode with questions covering a variety of topics. Hopefully I do a decent job responding despite my sleep deprivation and loopiness! 

Here are the questions I cover:

  • Is it okay to switch to a different type of therapy as you progress?
  • How can I intervene and better manage my 11-year-old's extreme behavior outbursts?
  • How can I avoid becoming my mother and ruining my relationship?

Don't forget that the massive price discount on the Kick Anxiety's Ass course is still on! Check it out at http://kickanxietycourse.com

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

Feb 20, 2020
Episode 195: All About Exposure for Anxiety
42:10

Hello, friends! This is a re-release of episode 98, which is an episode that I refer back to quite often on the show. I talk about the concept of exposure as it relates to anxiety and take you through different techniques for lowering your sensitivity to anxiety. This is must-know information for those that are serious about taking their lives back from anxiety.

I also discuss an immediate change to my online course, Kick Anxiety's Ass. The price has been drastically reduced from $300 to $75! Enrollment in the course will be closing on 3/15/20 so that we can revamp the course and add even more awesome features. 

In this episode, I also talk about my blogpost to help you find a therapist, which can be found at duffthepsych.com/findatherapist.

Feb 13, 2020
Episode 194: Postpartum Anxiety, Traumatized by a Thought, Avoiding Activities
39:04

In this episode, I take the following awesome listener questions:

  • What can I do about my postpartum anxiety and emetophobia?
  • Can you be traumatized by a thought?
  • Is it okay to avoid activities sometimes due to anxiety?

Please continue sending me your amazing questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com

For access to the bonus question, check out my Patreon.

This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp.

Feb 06, 2020
Episode 193: 500 Days of Meditation with Cheryl B Englehardt
54:51

This is a very interesting interview with Cheryl B. Englehardt, who is a government scuba diver turned pop artist turned film composer turned meditation music maker. We talk about her life, struggles with panic attacks, and how starting a daily meditation practice helped stop them in their tracks. We also talk about her new album, Luminary, which is available now! 

Enjoy!

Next week will be a Q&A episode, so send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and if you're interested in checking out my other podcast, about my life and family, have a look at my Patreon.

Jan 30, 2020
Episode 192: Blood Phobia, Chronic Suicidality, Helping a Partner to be More Supportive
50:36

Hello, friends! Excited to bring you this new Q&A session with three awesome questions (plus one bonus question for Patreon). 

Here are the questions covered:

  • What can I do about blood, injury, and injection phobia?
  • How can I change my chronic suicidality?
  • How can I make my partner more supportive?

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

This week's sponsors are Openfit and BetterHelp

Jan 23, 2020
Episode 191: Dr. Mandel on Ketamine Nasal Spray vs Infusions for Depression
55:44

Super excited to present this episode to you. I had Dr. Steven Mandel on episode 137 of the podcast to talk about the amazing and life-saving treatment of Ketamine infusions, which have been shown to be an incredibly effective treatment for depression, suicidality, and trauma that doesn't respond well to other treatments. In this episode, we talk more about the difference between these IV infusions of Ketamine and a new player in the game, Ketamine nasal spray. Recently, an Esketamine nasal spray called Spravato was approved by the FDA for use in individuals with treatment-resistant depression. We explore what this means for your treatment and for your wallet.

This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by Future.

Jan 16, 2020
Episode 190: Ketamine Risks, Hoarding, ACT Therapy
01:00:31

Hello, friends! Super happy to bring you this question and answer episode. You'll have to excuse my congestion. The plague continues in the Duff household. If you'd like to get a 4th bonus question, check out my patreon at http://patreon.com/duffthepsych

Here are the questions covered this week:

  • Should I be worried about the risks of Ketamine infusions?
  • How can I help my mother stop hoarding?
  • What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

As always, if you have questions or topics to suggest, send them over to duffthepsych@gmail.com and stop by my start here page to learn more about what I do!

Jan 09, 2020
Episode 189: Leaning Into Depression with My Wife, Joelle Duff
48:36

This episode is an interview with my wife, Joelle Duff. This is technically the first episode of our new Patreon exclusive Duff Family Podcast, which from here on will only be made available to patrons. That doesn't mean that she will never be on HCSH again, but if you want episodes each month, you'll need to head over the check out the Patreon. 

In this episode, we sit down on the couch together on New Years Eve 2019 to talk about this past year. This has been a rough one for us, and particularly for Joelle. She has had a severe bout of depression this year that really made things difficult for her. Instead of fighting it, she decided to try something different and lean into what her body was telling her. That meant more rest, alone time, etc. It also meant that she was able to recover enough energy to do some amazing stuff like get a dream job and continue being a fantastic mother, wife, and creative partner.

Thank you so much for spending the end of this decade with us. I'm bringing the fire into 2020, so be ready.

Please go show Joelle some love on twitter and instagram!

Jan 02, 2020
Episode 188: A Guided Meditation to Let Go of 2019 and Move Forward into 2020
43:03

It's been a hell of a year and I think a lot of us could use a breather. In this episode, I take you through a guided meditation to help you get through the holidays, drop your baggage from 2019, and move confidently into 2020. Let's do this.

Dec 19, 2019
Episode 187: Making Doctors Take You Seriously, Catching Emotions in the Moment, One-Sided Sexual Relationship
45:20

You guys seriously have the best questions. In this episode, I answer these three:

  • How can I get my doctors to take me seriously and not blame everything on anxiety?
  • What can I do about my one-sided sexual relationship?
  • How can I catch my strong emotions in the moment.

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!

I have started a Patreon. There are several tiers that you can choose to support my mission to spread mental health content for real people. If you choose not to support, no hard feelings and absolutely nothing will change regarding the free content you get. But if you do choose to help out, there are some amazing bonuses such as...

  • Additional mental health videos
  • Bonus podcast questions
  • An exclusive Duff family podcast
  • ASMR videos
  • Guided relaxations
  • Live streams
  • Birthday shout outs
  • And more...
Dec 12, 2019
Episode 186: Healing Together with Figs O'Sullivan
01:00:54

This episode is a fantastic interview with master couples therapist, Figs O'Sullivan. We spoke together about many topics related to discord in relationships. Figs believes that many of our issues within relationships come from our deep need for belonging and attachment. Rarely are arguments really about the surface level issue. Once we can admit to being wounded together. We can begin to heal together.

Figs has an app and online course available at empathi.com/go

And if you use the coupon code "hardcore self help" you get 50% off!

 

I also have a couple sales going on. If you use coupon code "anxiousaf" you can get 30% off my ugly holiday sweaters and other designs in the Duff the Psych shop.

You can also get the Kick Anxiety's Ass course for 50% off through the end of the year. Click here or use the coupon code "holidayhalf". 

Dec 05, 2019
Episode 185: All About Impostor Syndrome
36:23

Hello, friends! Today we are tackling a single subject. Something that has been requested numerous times by you guys. That subject is impostor syndrome. In this episode, I will talk about what it is, why we tend to have it, and hopefully give you some tips that can make it impact you less. It's been a stressful week, so before we dive in I invite you to take a few breaths with me to help center ourselves.

If want to learn more about me, check out http://duffthepsych.com/starthere

Send me your questions and suggestions to duffthepsych@gmail.com

 

Today's sponsor is Kencko organic instant smoothies! Check them out at http://kencko.com and use coupon code DUFF for a nice discount!

Nov 21, 2019
Episode 184: Daydreaming, Abusive Mother in Law, Scared to Call in Sick
48:28

We are back again with a new Q&A episode! I'm sure you guys missed these over the past few weeks. A few really great questions in here including:

  • Is my excessive daydreaming bad?
  • What can I do about my boyfriend's mother mistreating him?
  • Why am I so scared to call in sick at work?

As always you can learn more about me by going to duffthepsych.com/starthere and if you have questions or topic suggestions, send them over to duffthepsych@gmail.com.

This week's sponsors are:

Nov 14, 2019
Episode 183: Life Coaches, My History, and Future Directions of Psychology with Mxiety
01:10:14

Hello! I am back from vacation and wishing I never left! In all seriousness, I had a great time. But now I'm back with another great episode for you.

This episode is a recording of a live stream that I did on Mxiety's Mixer stream. She interviewed me and we cover a lot of ground. Included in the topics we discuss are:

  • The origin of my professional style
  • Why I think a lot of mental health content is inherently unempathetic
  • Resisting the lies anxiety tells you
  • How I feel about life coaches
  • The "end goal" of CBT treatment
  • Interesting future directions in the field

Mxiety is part of an amazing group of streamers that talk openly about mental health. Please go and support her at the following links:

Her Mixer page.

Her Twitter.

Her website.

Nov 07, 2019
Episode 182: Spooky Psychology Experiments
23:39

Hello, friends! Happy Halloween! This is a re-release of an episode I did a couple years ago. Humans are amazing creatures, but we also have a dark side. In this episode, I dive into some of the social psychology experiments that help us understand some of the not-so-great sides of humanity. AND I do all of it in a dramatic reading voice with eerie music in the background. Enjoy!

Oct 31, 2019
Episode 181: Multiple Sclerosis and Mental Health with Dr. Meghan Beier
46:13

This is a great interview with rehabilitation neuropsychologist, Meghan Beier, Ph.D. While she focuses mainly on individuals living with multiple sclerosis (M.S.), we cover a lot of topics that are applicable to anyone living with a chronic illness. We discuss the mental health and cognitive impacts of chronic illness as well as navigating issues such as family and finding providers that "get it".

Is there a topic you'd like me to interview someone about or cover on my own? Shoot me an email to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Oct 24, 2019
Episode 180: All About Sleep 2.0
49:39

Hello, friends! There are several episodes of the podcast that I refer back to constantly. Episode 26, where I talk all about sleep is one of those. I talk about it in other podcast episodes, I talk about it with my patients, and I talk about it with people in my daily life. It turns out that at 180 episodes of the podcast so far, episode 26 is kind of hard to find. A lot of podcast players only keep the most recent 100 episodes. So, I'm re-doing it. This is not a re-release of that episode, but a re-recording of it with some new thoughts added in. 

In this episode, I talk about why sleep is important for memory, health, and mental health. From there, I talk about important sleep hygiene tips that will help you get better sleep. If you have any trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, this episode is for you!

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

Sponsors for this episode are Creating Better Days CBD products (coupon code SELFHELP) and Warby Parker!

Oct 17, 2019
Episode 179: Talking Sex with Alison Leigh
44:23

Hello, friends!

In this episode, I talk to licensed psychotherapist and sex advisor, Alison Leigh. Alison specializes in helping people in relationships overcome barriers to happiness and fulfillment, which often involves looking at the sexual relationship. In this interview, we talk about common barriers to intimacy, the impact of stress on relationships, and some strategies that she uses with her clients to encourage intimate connection. It was a good episode and I hope you enjoy it!

As a reminder, my comprehensive online course to help you take your live back from anxiety is $200 off up until 10/15/19, so act now if you want to take advantage of this offer. Use the coupon code "five" at checkout, or simply follow this link to the course page.

This episode is brought to you by Creating Better Days CBD products. Creating Better Days has a wide range of pure CBD and full-spectrum products to help you with stress, sleep, and pain. They submit each batch of their product to independent lab testing and provide the results to you so you can know exactly what you're getting. For 20% off your first purchase, head to creatingbetterdays.com and use the coupon code SELFHELP.

Oct 10, 2019
Episode 178: Bad Enough for Therapy, Anxiety Nausea, Depression in Relationship
49:22

Hello, everyone! Happy to bring you another great question and answer episode today. Before that a quick announcement.

October is my birth month and this year marks 5 years since starting the Duff the Psych brand. I'm so excited to continue this journey with you all and feeling immensely grateful. So all this month, I will be doing giveaways, freebies, discounts, and special events. Follow along on my Facebook page to get notified about all the good stuff coming up!

The first exciting announcement for this month is that I will be temporarily providing a $200 discount on my Kick Anxiety's Ass online course until October 15th. That means that you can get the entire 10-module course for just $100, which is honestly an insane value. Use the coupon code "five" or follow this link to check it out!

Anyway, here are the questions I answer in this episode:

  • I feel like my issues are not bad enough for therapy and I should just suck it up. What can I do to start getting over it?
  • How can I help my severe anxiety and nausea that starts in the early morning?
  • My friend's boyfriend has depression and has become distant. What should she do?

This episode is brought to you by MycoMeditations Psilocybin-Assisted Retreats! Check out more about their amazing 7-day retreats in Jamaica, which are fully legal and exceptionally well-reviewed!

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

Oct 03, 2019
Episode 177: Research-Informed Parenting with Jen Lumanlan from Your Parenting Mojo
01:11:22

This episode features an interview with Jen Lumanlan from Your Parenting Mojo. In her own words, "I don’t have much in the way of parenting instinct but I make up for it with outstanding research skills." Interestingly, by way of analyzing the research on parenting and starting her own podcast, she has been able to develop a true intuition and ease for parenting. Jen has a blog and podcast called Your Parenting Mojo that looks to the research to answer questions like "How do you parent a highly sensitive child" or "How do you use non-violent communication with kids?"

This episode is an interesting one because we actually dive deep into problem solving some issues I was having with my own kids at the time. I actually held off on releasing this for a while because I felt like I may have been a bit defensive or negative. Jen was awesome though. Funny enough, the issues that we talked about are largely non-issues now just a couple months later. Kids amirite?

Some links:

First off, go check out Jen at https://yourparentingmojo.com/

She also talked a bit at self-determination, which you can learn more about at http://selfdeterminationtheory.org/theory/

Finally, she referred to Parentifact, which you can see here: https://www.parentifact.org/

 

Next week should be another Q&A, so if you have questions for me, please send them to duffthepsych@gmail.com or head over the duffthepsych.com and see the contact page.

Sep 26, 2019
Episode 176: Healthy Gaming, Processing Trauma, Social Anxiety
47:39

Hello, friends! In this episode podcast, I do a little Q&A with some really awesome questions. For one reason or another, I also felt a little silly so have fun with my rambles and random laughter. Here are the questions that I cover:

  • How can I make gaming a healthy part of my life and not let it interfere with more important things?
  • What does it mean to "process" trauma?
  • What can I do about my postpartum social anxiety?

As always, you can check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode176 and you can learn more about me at duffthepsych.com/starthere. If you have questions, send them over to duffthepsych@gmail.com.

This episode of the Hardcore Self Help Podcast is sponsored by MycoMeditations Psilocybin-Assisted Retreats. MycoMeditations provides a legal means of experiencing the transformative and healing properties of the psilocybin mushroom. They provide 7-day retreats in Jamaica that involve guided psilocybin treatments, group processing, massage, accommodations, and authentic Jamaican cuisine. Learn all about MycoMeditations at their website or on episode 171 of the podcast, where I interview their founder.

Sep 19, 2019
Episode 175: LGBTQ Health Disparities with Dr. Perry Halkitis
51:54

This was a fantastic interview with public health psychologist, Dr. Perry Halkitis. We talk about disparities in health and mental health treatment for LGBTQ individuals and how they have changed over the years. He also shares some information about his own unique personal and career path.

Unfortunately, my side of the audio is a little blown out, but Dr. Halkitis sounds great and I think that his message was too good to not share with you all. I think it's well worth a listen. 

Full episode show notes are available at http://duffthepsych.com/episode175

Sponsor: This episode is brought to you by MycoMeditations Psilocybin-Assisted Retreats. They provide legal 7-day retreats in Jamaica that use the psychedelic psilocybin compound to help you work through significant mental health issues. For more information about MycoMeditations, check out their website or listen to episode 171 of the podcast where I interview their founder. 

Sep 12, 2019
Episode 174: Driving Anxiety, Overly Affectionate Mom, Helper Burnout
48:46

This is a really great question and answer episode. If you hear some crickets chirping in the background, that is because it's hot as balls outside, even at 11pm and there was no way I was about to record with the window closed. Here are the questions that I cover:

  • How can I address my anxiety about driving on the highway?
  • What do I do about my husband's overly affectionate mother?
  • How can I prevent burnout as a mental health professional?

As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and full show notes are available at duffthepsych.com/episode174

This episode is brought to you by Better Help and Warby Parker

Sep 05, 2019