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The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych

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: Fk Depression and Hardcore Self Help: FK Anxiety. Those are available at http://hardcoreselfhelp.com

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Episode 178: Bad Enough for Therapy, Anxiety Nausea, Depression in Relationship

Hello, everyone! Happy to bring you another great question and answer episode today. Before that a quick announcement. October is my birth month and this year marks 5 years since starting the Duff the Psych brand. I'm so excited to continue this journey with you all and feeling immensely grateful. So all this month, I will be doing giveaways, freebies, discounts, and special events. Follow along on my Facebook page to get notified about all the good stuff coming up! The first exciting announcement for this month is that I will be temporarily providing a $200 discount on my Kick Anxiety's Ass online course until October 15th. That means that you can get the entire 10-module course for just $100, which is honestly an insane value. Use the coupon code "five" or follow this link to check it out! Anyway, here are the questions I answer in this episode: I feel like my issues are not bad enough for therapy and I should just suck it up. What can I do to start getting over it? How can I help my severe anxiety and nausea that starts in the early morning? My friend's boyfriend has depression and has become distant. What should she do? This episode is brought to you by MycoMeditations Psilocybin-Assisted Retreats! Check out more about their amazing 7-day retreats in Jamaica, which are fully legal and exceptionally well-reviewed! As always, you can send me your questions and topic suggestions to duffthepsych@gmail.com


3 Oct 2019

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Episode 185: All About Impostor Syndrome

Hello, friends! Today we are tackling a single subject. Something that has been requested numerous times by you guys. That subject is impostor syndrome. In this episode, I will talk about what it is, why we tend to have it, and hopefully give you some tips that can make it impact you less. It's been a stressful week, so before we dive in I invite you to take a few breaths with me to help center ourselves. If want to learn more about me, check out http://duffthepsych.com/starthere Send me your questions and suggestions to duffthepsych@gmail.com Today's sponsor is Kencko organic instant smoothies! Check them out at http://kencko.com and use coupon code DUFF for a nice discount!


21 Nov 2019

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Episode 188: A Guided Meditation to Let Go of 2019 and Move Forward into 2020

It's been a hell of a year and I think a lot of us could use a breather. In this episode, I take you through a guided meditation to help you get through the holidays, drop your baggage from 2019, and move confidently into 2020. Let's do this.


19 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 164: Boundaries vs Manipulation, Moving with Mental Illness, Helping Family Understand

Hey, all! On the last episode, I had my wife on to answer your relationship communications. We got SO many awesome questions that I wanted to tackle some more on the podcast today. This is a solo Q&A episode and I take questions directly from the private Hardcore Self Help Facebook group. Here are the questions I address: What can I do about my family that doesn't understand my anxiety? How can I tell the difference between reinforcing boundaries and being manipulative in my relationship? I'm about to move and I'm freaking out. What can I do? Full show notes are available at http://duffthepsych.com/episode164 and if you'd like to send in a question, shoot me an email at duffthepsych@gmail.com


27 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 199: Health Anxiety with Dr. Gordon Asmundson

Well well well... I definitely did not plan to release this podcast on the week that we find out the world is rapidly approaching a global pandemic, but here we are. In this episode, I speak to guest, Dr. Gordon Asmundson, a psychologist, professor, and author, all about health anxiety. Just as a heads up, we do not talk specifically about COVID-19 or any other Corona viruses in this episode. Rather, this is a subject that many have requested. I will likely speak more about COVID-19 and more about health anxiety in general in a future episode.  Check out Dr. Asmundson's book, It's Not All in Your Head on Amazon! And don't forget that you have just days left to hop on the massive Kick Anxiety's Ass course discount before enrollments close entirely. 


12 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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Episode 165: Letting Go of Shame with Dr. Suvrat Bhargave

This is a really nice interview with psychiatrist Suvrat Bhargave. We talk about lessons that he has learned in his practice including how to let go of shame and why you don't need to hit rock bottom to have important moments of insight. He is very personable and cares about meeting people where they are at rather than speaking in jargon and working hard to seem like the expert. He challenges the stereotype that psychiatrists are unapproachable and only want to focus on medication management. Full episode notes available at http://duffthepsych.com/episode165 Next week is another Q&A episode, so send your questions or topic suggestions to duffthepsych@gmail.com


4 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 195: All About Exposure for Anxiety

Hello, friends! This is a re-release of episode 98, which is an episode that I refer back to quite often on the show. I talk about the concept of exposure as it relates to anxiety and take you through different techniques for lowering your sensitivity to anxiety. This is must-know information for those that are serious about taking their lives back from anxiety. I also discuss an immediate change to my online course, Kick Anxiety's Ass. The price has been drastically reduced from $300 to $75! Enrollment in the course will be closing on 3/15/20 so that we can revamp the course and add even more awesome features.  In this episode, I also talk about my blogpost to help you find a therapist, which can be found at duffthepsych.com/findatherapist.


13 Feb 2020

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Episode 179: Talking Sex with Alison Leigh

Hello, friends! In this episode, I talk to licensed psychotherapist and sex advisor, Alison Leigh. Alison specializes in helping people in relationships overcome barriers to happiness and fulfillment, which often involves looking at the sexual relationship. In this interview, we talk about common barriers to intimacy, the impact of stress on relationships, and some strategies that she uses with her clients to encourage intimate connection. It was a good episode and I hope you enjoy it! As a reminder, my comprehensive online course to help you take your live back from anxiety is $200 off up until 10/15/19, so act now if you want to take advantage of this offer. Use the coupon code "five" at checkout, or simply follow this link to the course page. This episode is brought to you by Creating Better Days CBD products. Creating Better Days has a wide range of pure CBD and full-spectrum products to help you with stress, sleep, and pain. They submit each batch of their product to independent lab testing and provide the results to you so you can know exactly what you're getting. For 20% off your first purchase, head to creatingbetterdays.com and use the coupon code SELFHELP.


10 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 180: All About Sleep 2.0

Hello, friends! There are several episodes of the podcast that I refer back to constantly. Episode 26, where I talk all about sleep is one of those. I talk about it in other podcast episodes, I talk about it with my patients, and I talk about it with people in my daily life. It turns out that at 180 episodes of the podcast so far, episode 26 is kind of hard to find. A lot of podcast players only keep the most recent 100 episodes. So, I'm re-doing it. This is not a re-release of that episode, but a re-recording of it with some new thoughts added in.  In this episode, I talk about why sleep is important for memory, health, and mental health. From there, I talk about important sleep hygiene tips that will help you get better sleep. If you have any trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, this episode is for you! If you have questions or topic suggestions, please send them to duffthepsych@gmail.com! Sponsors for this episode are Creating Better Days CBD products (coupon code SELFHELP) and Warby Parker!


17 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 189: Leaning Into Depression with My Wife, Joelle Duff

This episode is an interview with my wife, Joelle Duff. This is technically the first episode of our new Patreon exclusive Duff Family Podcast, which from here on will only be made available to patrons. That doesn't mean that she will never be on HCSH again, but if you want episodes each month, you'll need to head over the check out the Patreon.  In this episode, we sit down on the couch together on New Years Eve 2019 to talk about this past year. This has been a rough one for us, and particularly for Joelle. She has had a severe bout of depression this year that really made things difficult for her. Instead of fighting it, she decided to try something different and lean into what her body was telling her. That meant more rest, alone time, etc. It also meant that she was able to recover enough energy to do some amazing stuff like get a dream job and continue being a fantastic mother, wife, and creative partner. Thank you so much for spending the end of this decade with us. I'm bringing the fire into 2020, so be ready. Please go show Joelle some love on twitter and instagram!


2 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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Episode 169: Mental Health and Spirituality with Dr. Anna Yusim

This episode is a super interesting interview with psychiatrist Dr. Anna Yusim. She is a practicing psychiatrist from a family of hyper-rational mathematicians. She was never spiritual or religious. However, about 10 years ago, she started to experience things that she could not explain and began to develop an interest in the intersection between spirituality and psychiatry. If you know me, this is not in line with my view of things, so I thought it would be super interesting to have this interview with someone who sees things from a different perspective.  Full show notes are available at duffthepsych.com/episode169 and please continue sending your questions and topic suggestions to duffthepsych@gmail.com


4 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 171: Psilocybin Mushrooms for Mental Health with MycoMeditations

This is a special episode. I was approached by a company called MycoMeditations that wanted to sponsor the podcast. They actually were very persistent and approached me a few times about it because they were really interested in the opportunity to speak with you all. MycoMeditations is a company that hosts retreats in Jamaica that use the psilocybin mushroom, also known as the magic mushroom. It's an often misunderstood substance that research has shown to be an effective way to reduce the impact of treatment resistant mental illness such as depression and anxiety.    Since this is a topic that is somewhat sensitive (psilocybin is not legal in the US), I wanted to do things a little differently. Rather than just running a short ad, I wanted to have the opportunity to dive deep and fully explore the issue. So this is a sponsored episode. MycoMeditations did pay for this interview spot, but I am approaching it just like all of the other interviews that I do on the show so that you can be appropriately informed and make your own decisions.    My guest for this episode is Eric Osborne, who is the founder and head facilitator of MycoMeditations. He has a very interesting background in that he is a wild mushroom expert and mycologist. This enables him to approach things from a very unique angle, which you will hear in the episode. Rather than administering the mushroom in it's raw form, he uses a process to make measured capsules of it to have better control of the dosage.    I really hope that you enjoy this episode. It was very interesting for me. Please have a look at the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/episode171 and reach out to Eric if you have any questions after listening!   Check out MycoMeditations at their website to learn more!

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15 Aug 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 173: Tiffany Jenkins on Mental Health and Addiction

This week I have an incredible and inspiring interview with Tiffany Jenkins. Tiffany is a wife, mother, author, content creator and a recovering addict, she’s the face behind Juggling the Jenkins and author of “High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addicts Double Life”. She described this episode as a free therapy session, which I take as a compliment. I think you will really enjoy this interview. Full show notes available at duffthepsych.com/episode173 If you'd like to learn more about me, check out duffthepsych.com/starthere Next week should be a Q&A, so please send your questions and topic suggestions to duffthepsych@gmail.com


29 Aug 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 187: Making Doctors Take You Seriously, Catching Emotions in the Moment, One-Sided Sexual Relationship

You guys seriously have the best questions. In this episode, I answer these three: How can I get my doctors to take me seriously and not blame everything on anxiety? What can I do about my one-sided sexual relationship? How can I catch my strong emotions in the moment. HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!! I have started a Patreon. There are several tiers that you can choose to support my mission to spread mental health content for real people. If you choose not to support, no hard feelings and absolutely nothing will change regarding the free content you get. But if you do choose to help out, there are some amazing bonuses such as... Additional mental health videos Bonus podcast questions An exclusive Duff family podcast ASMR videos Guided relaxations Live streams Birthday shout outs And more...


12 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 167: Posttraumatic Growth with Dr. Laura Copley

This is a fantastic interview with Dr. Laura Copley, a trauma specialist, who focuses on posttraumatic growth and resilience. We go through many important facts and misconceptions about trauma. We talk about the difference between resilience and posttraumatic growth. We even dive into a couple exercises that people currently contenting with trauma reactions can use to start living life on their terms. If you have questions or topic suggestions, please send them over to me at duffthepsych@gmail.com!


18 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 162: Depersonalization, Family Communication, Planning with ADHD

Hello, friends! It's very very hot over here this week, but I still decided to lock myself in my office without a fan and record this Q&A episode! There are three really great (and different) questions that listeners sent in, and I try my best to give some helpful advice. The questions are: What can I do to make my family member understand my past alcoholism? How can I plan and execute my days better when I have ADHD? What can I do about my chronic depersonalization and dissociation? As always, full show notes are available at duffthepsych.com/episode162 and you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com


13 Jun 2019

Rank #16