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The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych

Author: 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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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!   This week's sponsor is BetterHelp. Enlist the help of an experienced mental health professional securely online and start communicating in under 48 hours. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/duff!
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.   Ads: If you are looking for some support as you try to get back to some semblance of normal life, you may benefit from the help of a licensed counselor. Check out Betterhelp.com/duff and take charge of your mental health today with 10% off! The eye strain from being on screens 24/7 is much harder to avoid these days. Be nice to your eyes with some stylish blue light filtering glasses from Felix Gray at felixgrayglasses.com/duff.
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   Ads: If you are in the market for a probiotic, I highly recommend Seed's 2-in-1 probiotic and prebiotic. They are a science-driven company that makes capsules that actually survive the trip to your gut to help with everything from digestive health to skin problems. Visit seed.com/duff and use the code DUFF to get 20% off your first month! I love Audible. I listen to audiobooks constantly, especially while I'm doing other activities like washing the dishes or scoring assessments. With Audible you get one credit per month to get any premium title from the next mystery best-seller to the latest from your obscure romance sub-genre author. You also get full access to the entire Plus catalog any time. Try Audible for 30 days FREE at audible.com/duff or text duff to 500-500!
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   Ads: If you are a lover of learning anything and everything like me, you should check out Masterclass. Learn anything from negotiation to gardening to mindfulness from word-class instructors. Head over to masterclass.com/duff for 15% off an annual subscription.  For many of us, TV is a safe haven, but we are running out of new stuff to watch. AcornTV is the place for shows from the UK and around the world. They upload new episodes constantly, so you'll never get bored. Head over to acorn.tv and use the code "duff" for 30 days free!
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 Ads: If you would like a little extra support as you try to do the best you can in your life, consider enlisting the help of a professional counselor by visiting betterhelp.com/duff for 10% off your first month! I have been on screens WAY too much over the past year. If you're like me and have felt additional eye strain, problematic sleep, or other issues from excessive screen use, it might be worth giving blue light filtering lenses a short. Felix Gray started making stylish and comfortable blue light lenses over 5 years ago and they remain one of the best out there. Check their products out at felixgrayglasses.com/duff!
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 Ad: If you are in the market for a probiotic/prebiotic, please check out Seed. Not all probiotics are treated equal and they know their stuff. Through diving into the scientific research, they have created a product that actually helps. Head over to seed.com/duff and use the coupon code DUFF for 20% off your first month.
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.  Ads: If you are looking to make improvements in your life, consider enlisting the help of a licensed professional. Betterhelp has a massive network of licensed counselors that are only a message a way. Get started and 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/duff TV is a lifesaver these days, but if you are only seeing American shows and movies, you are missing out. AcornTV has a huge library of shows from the UK and beyond featuring actors you know and love. They upload new content every week, so if you are in the market for some beautiful, compelling entertainment, check out acorn.tv and use the code DUFF to get 30 days free. 
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! Sponsors: I love Masterclass. If you are like me and always have to be learning something new, you should check it out. You can learn everything from gardening to persuasion to mindfulness all from world class experts. Head over to masterclass.com/duff for 15% off! If you've ever been put off by the intimidation of yoga, you should have a look at Bulldog Yoga. They have classes for every ability level that fit within your schedule and feature awesome playlists. Check them out at bulldogonline.com and use the code DUFF for a free month AND 50% off your first paid month. 
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!  Sponsor: Get the benefits of yoga without the intimidation and enjoy some nice tunes while you're at it. Listeners of the podcast get a free month AND 50% off the first paid month at bulldogonline.com with the coupon code DUFF.
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 If you haven't yet picked it up, I have a new 100 journal prompts freebie available at duffthepsych.com/workbook.   Advertisers: Step up your cozy with some premium cooling bamboo sheets from Cozy Earth. Podcast listeners get an insane 40% off right now by using the coupon code DUFFPODCAST at cozyearth.com! If you are working toward some mental health goals right now, consider enlisting the help of a trained mental health professional with Better Help. Podcast listeners get 10% off at betterhelp.com/duff.
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 Sponsors: Invest in yourself by enjoying yoga made fun. Bulldog Online pairs great playlists with easy to follow yoga videos. Use the coupon code DUFF for one free month AND 50% off your first paid month at bulldogonline.com If you are all about that cozy life and want some smooth, cooling, bamboo sheets to slide into after a long day, check out cozyearth.com they are offering an INSANE 40% discount site-wide. Use the coupon code DUFFPODCAST at checkout.
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 Sponsor: Visit bulldogonline.com and use the code DUFF to get one FREE month of yoga plus 50% off your first paid month. Bulldog Online is all about taking the intimidation out of yoga and replacing it with fun and good tunes. Check it out today!
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 Advertiser: Bulldog Yoga Online takes the intimidation out of yoga and replaces it with fun and great music playlists. Use the coupon code "DUFF" at checkout to get 30 days free and 50% off your first paid month at bulldogonline.com!
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!
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 Ads: Head over to betterhelp.com/duff to get 10% off your first month of licensed professional mental health done securely online.  If you are needing some vitamin D in your life, check out AmpHuman's D+ lotion at amphuman.com/duff and use the coupon code DUFF15 to get 15% off!
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 Sponsors: Amp Human is a human performance company dedicated to helping athletes at all levels unlock their limitless potential. Their latest innovation D+ Lotion is a first-of-its-kind gel-based lotion that delivers vitamin D directly through the skin. Visit amphuman.com/duff and use code DUFF15 to get 15% off D+ Lotion today. Bulldog Online is about taking the intimidation out of yoga and replacing it with music, smiles and no judgment with online classes available on demand. Visit bulldogonline.com to try your first 30 days for free and use the code DUFF to claim an additional 50% off your first paid month!
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!
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  Sponsors: Magic Spoon has great tasting, nostalgic cereal that is actually healthy. Try a sample pack at magicspoon.com/duff and use the code "duff" for $5 off! Amp Human is changing the game of vitamin D supplementation with their D+ topical lotion. Check them out at amphuman.com/duff and use the code duff15 for 15% off D+ lotion!
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 This episode is brought to you by Listenable. An awesome audio learning app that you will love. Check out their site and use the code DUFF for 50% a one year membership! This episode is also brought to you by Betterhelp. Talk to a licensed professional counselor online from anywhere in the world. Get help quickly at betterhelp.com/duff
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Bree Whalon

thank you..

Jan 16th
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elsa Hoffmann

please could you do a show about chronic illness you know it's hell when people think one is just acting and especially where here is no family and no support except for my dog. no therapists here either. the shame of not being able to work, the excruciating pain, the terrible brain fog where I actually forget my own name.... etc

Nov 3rd
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Samantha Travis

thank you ❤💚💜💙💛

Sep 10th
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greenhands

THAAAANNK YOUUUUU! Thank you so much ~ blessed for this, most definitely dropped some pennies during this and I feel 3 stone lighter after just one sentence you said. Full of gratitude for you and this show 🙏

May 2nd
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Ari Christine

great podcast. thank you.

Apr 11th
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Matt Erickson

I wonder if the person with wrist issue had an experience or saw a suicide where someone cut their wrist. even the depiction of a woman found in a bathtub with cut wrists in a movie, can be traumatic.

Jan 30th
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Jakaira candland

Love this podcast. I literally listen to it every single night. It help me understand more about my anxiety and other disorder that i have..

Dec 1st
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Carrie

Thank you

Nov 14th
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Alyssa M Kamacho

i just found you and I needed it. i was wondering if you could help me with an audio book or pdf version of fuck depression?

Jul 12th
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Jennifer Grace Hebel

re: the bystander effect study: I was sexually assaulted and the guy tried to kill me a few years ago in a busy residential hotel in the mission district of San Francisco. I screamed bloody murder for over an hour. I screamed everything from "help" to "fire" to "hes killing me" to "rape", thinking someone was going to come save me....it became apparent after an hour no one was coming and I was on my own. I eventually escaped with my life and asked the front desk if theyd heard me, they had. I asked people in surrounding rooms and outside, theyd all heard me too. no one cared enough to even call the police. sad but true.

May 30th
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DJ DEE ! ! !

This is an amazing podcast! I just earned licensure as an LCSW and this podcast has helped me reflect more and share this knowledge to my clients. Keep it up!!!

May 14th
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