100 episodes

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.

    • Mental Health
    • 4.5, 672 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 213: My Wife and I Talk Quarantine Hobbies and Poly Relationships

    Episode 213: My Wife and I Talk Quarantine Hobbies and Poly Relationships

    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. 
    This episodes sponsor is Thrive Market. Check out thrivemarket.com/duff for $20 shopping credit!

    • 55 min
    Episode 212: Unhooking from Thoughts Meditation

    Episode 212: Unhooking from Thoughts Meditation

    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!

    • 20 min
    Episode 211: 10 Common Thinking Traps

    Episode 211: 10 Common Thinking Traps

    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

    • 41 min
    Episode 210: Helping Depressed Friend, Questioning Your Gender Identity

    Episode 210: Helping Depressed Friend, Questioning Your Gender Identity

    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
    Today's episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. Check out thrivemarket.com/duff to get up to $20 in shopping credit toward your first order. 

    • 32 min
    Episode 209: How to Get the Most out of Therapy

    Episode 209: How to Get the Most out of Therapy

    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:
    You don’t need to impress your therapist Don’t lie to your therapist Don’t be afraid to get emotional and let it out Challenge your therapist and correct them If it’s not working, say something Find someone you are comfortable with Get therapy sooner Take notes and journal Do the homework and practice the skills 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).

    • 43 min
    Episode 208: Trouble With Video Therapy, Second Language Anxiety

    Episode 208: Trouble With Video Therapy, Second Language Anxiety

    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

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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672 Ratings

672 Ratings

ThatGuyWhoWorksInIT ,

Definitely Worth Listening

Whenever people ask for podcast recommendations I always point them to Dr. Duff’s Hardcore Self Help Podcast. Between his Q/A sessions where he reads audience questions and breaks them down and his guest interviews there is something for everyone.

Learn to build your own coping tools and how to breakdown and handle many of life’s challenges.

Highly Recommend!

Jess~ ,

Personal Reflections

My favorite part of this show right now is listening to the episodes where Dr. Duff talks about his life. Hearing about how others are coping in this pandemic and isolation feels relieving. I’m not the only one in this and listening to Dr. Duff’s open account of his life at home helps me feel a little less isolated. He has a natural way of just being and making you feel like it’s ok to just be right now too. I’ve been listening to these on my drive home after a long day working with kids and (insert cheesiness here) it’s a breath of fresh air. Thank you for your openness. Please continue to share more.

NikkiD1988 ,

Got me through really tough times

Absolutely love Dr Duff. His podcast is a breath of fresh air and really helped me when I was struggling a few months back.

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