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 263: Treating Family Members & Sibling Mental Health Fears
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and check out the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode263
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Episode 262: Feeling Bad for Wanting Attention & Diagnosis as a Crutch
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 email@example.com and find the show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode262
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Episode 261: Relationship Separation Anxiety & Anger at your Therapist's Diagnosis
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and find the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode261
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Episode 260: Loss of Appetite with Anxiety & Battling with a Negative Body Image
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 email@example.com you can also find the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode260
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Episode 259: Supporting a Grieving Parent & Returning to Work After a Mental Health Break
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and see full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode259
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Episode 258: Rapid Fire Q&A Part 2 - Coping with Emotional Content, Relationship Expectations, and more!
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 email@example.com.
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A Must Listen!
I have been listening to Dr. Duff’s podcast for about 10 months now and it’s been such an incredible tool for me in dealing with anxiety and just life’s challenges in general. Dr. Duff breaks things down into such actionable steps which has been the most helpful. I also highly recommend his journal prompts list. Journaling has been pretty game changing in my mental health journey, but there are times I’m stumped as to where to start. Those prompts have led me to some profound entries so definitely recommend them!
Best podcast of 2021
I went through therapy in early 2020 and two months ago my Dr. and I decided it was time to try using what I learned and end treatment for now. This podcast has helped support all of my learnings during my sessions, this is a great tool for reinforcing all of that. His style is very, very similar to my Dr., who changed my life, this is very comforting content to listen to. So supportive and a great extension to individual therapy treatment.