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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

The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych Robert Duff, Ph.D.

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 854 Ratings

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

    Episode 308: Anger After Suicide & Restarting Medication

    Episode 308: Anger After Suicide & Restarting Medication

    Hello, all. A big content warning for this episode, the first question deals with suicide and has a bit more detail than other questions I've answered on the show. It's a very worthwhile question and a great topic to discuss, but I just want to make you aware of that.
    Here are the topics covered in this Q&A episode:
    I saw my elderly father kill himself and I am so angry at him. What can I do? My friend stopped medication for anxiety and depression, but she is thinking about starting again. What else can she do to help herself out? As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes to this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode308. 
    This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by MUD\WTR and BetterHelp.
    MUD\WTR is a coffee alternative consisting of organic ingredients lauded by cultures old and young for their health and performance benefits. With 1/7th the caffeine of coffee, mud gives you natural energy, focus and more without the jitters and crash. Right now, you can get 15% off your first purchase by going to mudwtr.com/DUFF and using code DUFF at checkout!
    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.

    • 37 min
    Episode 307: How to Set Boundaries & Overcoming Sexual Abuse

    Episode 307: How to Set Boundaries & Overcoming Sexual Abuse

    Hello, all! In this episode, I take on two really good listener questions. The second one mentions sexual abuse of a child, but there are no details shared. Here are the questions covered:
    How can I start to set boundaries with loved ones when it feels so hard? How can I improve my sexual relationship with me husband after I have experienced childhood abuse? As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode307
    This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by Audible.
    Audible is the leading provider of spoken-word entertainment all in one place, where you can find the largest selection of audiobooks. Sign up now by heading to audible.com/duff or text duff to 500-500, and receive your first 30 days for free.

    • 36 min
    Episode 306: Getting Partner Back & Bipolar in College

    Episode 306: Getting Partner Back & Bipolar in College

    Hello, all! This is a great Q&A episode featuring the following questions from awesome listeners like yourself:
    My partner left due to me not pursuing her enough. Does it make sense to try to get back together after some time? I had to leave college due to bipolar. Should I go back to the same school after stabilizing?  As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode306
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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.

    • 41 min
    Episode 305: Overthinking & Embarrassment

    Episode 305: Overthinking & Embarrassment

    Hello, friends! I hope you have had a great week. We are back to the Q&A format this week with the following questions:
    How can I overcome my tendency to overthink constantly? Why do I get extremely embarrassed so often in social situations? What can I do about it? As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode305
    This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by MUD\WTR.
    MUD\WTR is a coffee alternative consisting of organic ingredients lauded by cultures old and young for their health and performance benefits. With 1/7th the caffeine of coffee, mud gives you natural energy, focus and more without the jitters and crash. Right now, you can get 15% off your first purchase by going to mudwtr.com/DUFF and using code DUFF at checkout!

    • 41 min
    Episode 304: Duff the Wife Returns!

    Episode 304: Duff the Wife Returns!

    Hello, everyone! In this epidode, my beautiful wife, Joelle, comes back on the show for a quick chat about life. We sat on the couch and had a cozy talk about all sorts of topics. I hope you enjoy!
    As always, you can send me questions to future episodes to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode304
    This episode of Hardcore Self Help is sponsored by Policygenius.
    Policygenius is your one-stop shop to find and buy the insurance you need. They are not an insurance company, but rather a marketplace featuring the best options for you. Head to policygenius.com and answer a few questions. In just minutes, you can compare personalized quotes from top companies to find your lowest price. You could save 50% or more on life insurance by comparing quotes with Policygenius.

    • 49 min
    Episode 303: Decreased Sexual Performance & Trouble with Exposure Work

    Episode 303: Decreased Sexual Performance & Trouble with Exposure Work

    Hello, all! Straight forward Q&A this week with the following awesome listener questions:
    I used to be able to have sex numerous times consecutively, but ever since a panic attack, I havet been unable to. What is going on? I am having trouble doing my therapist's exposure activities due to panic attacks. How can I do better? As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode303
    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.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
854 Ratings

854 Ratings

aubrey_33 ,

Amazing podcast

I have listened to almost every episode and love it. Dr. Duff is so good at explaining things and covering content in detail that isn’t boring. I love how diverse things are and I’ve been able to learn a lot from the questions people submit and the recommendations/answers he provides. He does so in a very non-biased and non-judgmental way. Also he has a calming voice that isn’t boring.

al e neuman ,

Inappropriate & offensive vulgarity

Somebody recommended this podcast to me, so I gave it a shot. Was surprised and disappointed to hearSomeone purporting to be a serious professional keep throwing in gratuitousProfanity.

Have some times noted this as a disturbing trend in other podcasts from youngerPresenters, and maybe
“ Dr. Duff” Imagine that makes him sound cool or hip.

But instead it just comes across as highly unprofessional,Completely unnecessary, and reflecting a poverty ofVocabulary and imagination.

I won’t be listening to any more episodes.

Nat Walsh 1995 ,

Do not listen to this man!

I occasionally listen to this podcast, but now I’m disgusted and feel the need to call him out; if only in a review that no one may even read.

Robert Duff volunteered the info. that his wife has attempted suicide in the past.
In episode 296, he also shares that he and his wife are “non-monogamous” and starts blabbing about his recent break up and something about an emotional bond and trying to apologize… and that’s when it all made sense.
There were episodes in the past where I thought he wasn’t giving good advice to cis women, or I felt his attitude on a sex and relationships seemed a bit off.

This is why I would never see a male psychologist as a woman. No one will ever convince me that being married and in an “open relationship” is anything but Misogyny and emotional abuse by a different label.

Men have been cheating on their wives and otherwise abusing women under the guise of psychology, psychiatry, science, etc. throughout history. I would not be surprised if his wife’s mental health is the result of an emotionally abusive relationship with her husband, Robert Duff. All the signs are there, straight from his own mouth.

My hope is that other Women will wake up to the cruelty that even “good men” can inflict on them. I believe in science and I’m not religious, but I suspect that a lot of modern psychology still isn’t evidence based and causes harm as a result.

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