400 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.

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 946 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

    398: Choosing to be Childless, Sex Mismatch, & Inpatient Treatment

    398: Choosing to be Childless, Sex Mismatch, & Inpatient Treatment

    Hello, friends!
    In today’s episode, we tackle three insightful listener questions that many of you might relate to:
    Choosing Not to Have Biological Children Due to Mental Illness: A listener shares their decision to not have biological children to avoid passing on their mental health struggles. They feel confident in this choice but encounter surprise and judgment from others. We discuss the validity of their decision, the heritability of mental health conditions, and the importance of respecting personal choices.
    Navigating Barriers to Inpatient Mental Health Treatment: Another listener is considering inpatient treatment but faces significant logistical and financial barriers. We explore the challenges of dealing with insurance, paperwork, and managing life responsibilities during treatment. Suggestions for alternative treatment options like intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and partial-hospitalization programs (PHP) are also discussed.
    Addressing Mismatched Sex Drives in a Relationship: A listener in a relationship with differing sex drives seeks advice on how to encourage their partner to address potential low testosterone or other medical issues affecting their libido. We delve into the complexities of communication about sexual needs, potential underlying relationship issues, and strategies for fostering open dialogue and seeking professional help.
    As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode398.
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    397: What Kind of Therapy Is Right for Me?

    397: What Kind of Therapy Is Right for Me?

    Hello, friends!
    In today’s episode, we dive deep into a listener’s question about finding the right therapy for a variety of complex mental health issues. This 29-year-old woman is struggling with childhood trauma, mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression, and relationship issues. She is also seeking guidance on possible autism/ADHD symptoms and needs help navigating the overwhelming array of therapy options available.
    We explore the IPA framework (Immediacy, Problem, Approach) to help her and others identify the most suitable types of therapy. Additionally, we discuss the different types of therapists and their qualifications, the importance of cultural competency, and practical tips for finding a good therapist using various resources. This episode is a comprehensive guide for anyone looking to start their therapy journey.
    As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode397
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    • 49 min
    396: Her Doctor Failed Her - Privacy for Youth in Psychiatry, Suicidality Assessment, and Advocating for Your Past Self

    396: Her Doctor Failed Her - Privacy for Youth in Psychiatry, Suicidality Assessment, and Advocating for Your Past Self

    Hello, friends!
     
    In today’s episode, we tackle a profound listener question that may resonate with many of you.
    A listener who survived a suicide attempt at 13 is considering reaching out to the pediatric psychiatrist who assessed them during their hospitalization. They feel that the presence of medical students during their assessment was inappropriate and impacted their honesty. They're seeking guidance on how to provide feedback and advocate for their younger self.
     
    As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode396
     
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    • 22 min
    395: Overcoming Agoraphobia, Common Exposure Mistakes, Amygdala Reactivity, and More

    395: Overcoming Agoraphobia, Common Exposure Mistakes, Amygdala Reactivity, and More

    Hello, friends!
     
    In today’s episode, we tackle a profound listener question that may resonate with many of you.
     
    A listener struggling with agoraphobia seeks guidance on overcoming their anxiety and finding motivation to pursue exposure exercises. They’ve been working with a therapist and taking anxiety medication but feel stuck. We explore the complexities of agoraphobia, the importance of prolonged exposure, and strategies for building motivation and support.
     
    As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode395
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    • 27 min
    Episode 394: Finding Focus with ADHD & The Surprising Upside of Missing Medication

    Episode 394: Finding Focus with ADHD & The Surprising Upside of Missing Medication

    Hello, friends!
     
    In today’s episode, we tackle two thought-provoking listener questions that may resonate with many of you:
     
    Cymbalta Conundrum: A listener shares their experience with Cymbalta, a medication prescribed for panic disorder. They noticed feeling amazing on days they forgot to take the medication, leading them to wonder if they truly needed it. We explore the concept of conditioned compensatory response, the effects of medication on the body, and the importance of gradual tapering.
     
    ADHD Focus Struggles: Another listener struggles with focus and motivation despite trying various medications and strategies. We discuss the complexities of ADHD, the importance of environmental adjustments, and techniques like mindfulness, Pomodoro intervals, and accountability to improve focus and productivity.
     
    As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode394
     
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    • 29 min
    Episode 393: When to Say I Love You & Numbness in Face After TBI

    Episode 393: When to Say I Love You & Numbness in Face After TBI

    Hello friends!
    In today’s episode, we explore the deep and complex emotions involved in expressing love within romantic relationships and the challenging path to recovery following a severe traumatic brain injury. We kick off with a question about the appropriate timing for saying “I love you” in a romantic context, especially considering cultural differences and personal challenges such as being on the autism spectrum. Our listener’s journey brings forward the importance of understanding personal feelings and the unique dynamics of each relationship.
    We then shift to an inspiring yet poignant story of miraculous recovery and the persistence of hope. Another listener shares the journey of their mother’s recovery from a severe traumatic brain injury resulting from a car accident. While her recovery has been astonishing, they grapple with the lingering issue of facial numbness. This story highlights the incredible resilience of the human body and spirit, the complexities of the brain's healing process, and the necessity of advocating for comprehensive care that addresses all facets of recovery.
    As we navigate these profound topics, remember, whether it's about expressing love or facing the aftermath of a traumatic event, the journey is deeply personal and filled with opportunities for growth and understanding.
    As always, you can send your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode393
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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946 Ratings

tiff lloyd ,

Best self-help podcast hands down

This podcast stands head and shoulders above the rest in the realm of self-help. With its uncanny ability to relate to various life scenarios, it offers invaluable insights even in the most unexpected areas. The interactive nature of the podcast, coupled with Dr. Duff’s expertise, ensures a rich listening experience where questions are met with thorough and professional answers.

Dr. Duffs commitment to providing content warnings and resource recommendations further enhances the podcast’s value. His thoughtful approach demonstrates a genuine concern for the listener’s well-being, creating an environment of trust and understanding.

Personally, I find myself eagerly anticipating each weekly episode, and I have even begun visiting past episodes I have yet to listen to. Dr. Duff’s fearless approach to discussing taboo topics is refreshing and commendable. Thank-you, Dr. Duff, for delivering authentic content and tackling subjects that many shy away from.

Kidset ,

Informative and engaging podcast

I’m a psychiatric nurse and have been listening to Dr. Duff’s podcast for about a year. I’ve learned so much both professionally and personally. I look forward to the new episodes every week. Highly recommend!

JessicaV7! ,

Favorite mental health podcast

This is my go-to podcast for anything mental health related. Duff covers the topics in an informative but engaging style. I’ve learned so much about myself and my own thought patterns. The podcast has also helped me understand various mental health diagnoses and behaviors, allowing me to be a better nurse and all around human being. Thanks!

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