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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

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
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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

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Episodes

Too Close to Home

11/8/2018
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The regularly scheduled podcast interview is postponed this week. There was a tragic shooting at my alma mater's college night at the Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks, CA. In this short message, I talk about what happened, how I'm feeling, and a few tips for coping.

Duration:00:06:30

Episode 134: Kate Manser on Mortality Awareness and Living Well Today

11/8/2018
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This was a really interesting interview! Kate Manser is just so happy to be alive. After being rocked by tragic deaths in her life, she experienced a radical shift in perspective: Thinking about your death reminds you to live today. She is the creator of You Might Die Tomorrow and has studied the philosophy, psychology, and sociology of mortality awareness, but the most important research she has done has been to live her own life with urgency, gratitude, and joy. We discuss the benefits of...

Duration:00:44:57

Episode 133: Spooky Mental Health Treatments From History

11/1/2018
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I did an episode last year around Halloween time about spooky social psychology experiments and what they say about humanity. I figured I'd keep the trend going and do an episode all about creepy treatments from the origin of psychological health care. Before listening any further, just know that some of these are cruel and gross. We've come a long way since the different treatments that I will talk about, but they are important in that they are the predecessors to the treatments that we...

Duration:00:42:26

Episode 132: When to Stop Taking Meds for Anxiety

10/25/2018
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Fantastic episode for you today. We go deep into the different types of medication for anxiety, how to know when it's time to stop taking them, and ways to cope with anxiety that you can use with or without medication. This is the third episode taking a slightly different approach with just one question per episode, with the intention of diving deeper into topics. Now it's time to give me some feedback. If you go to the episode notes at duffthepsych.com/episode132, there will be a short...

Duration:00:39:21

Episode 131: Supporting a Reluctant Partner

10/18/2018
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In this episode, I take a question from someone about how they can help their romantic partner who is great most of the time but gets suicidal or violent every so often. How can she get him to go to therapy or recognize the that there are actual issues going on? I give my perspective on this question and also spend some time defining bipolar disorder. Enjoy! For full episode notes, check out http://duffthepsych.com/episode131 and if you have a question or suggestion for the podcast, send it...

Duration:00:28:05

Episode 130: Complex PTSD

10/11/2018
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In this episode, I'm trying something slightly different. Rather than taking three questions, I'm taking one and using it as a jumping off point to go in-dept into topics related to the question. Sort of combining the deep-dive and Q&A formats. I'm going to try this for a few weeks and then ask for your opinions. Today's episode is all about C-PTSD or complex post-traumatic stress disorder. See full show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/episode130 If you have a question that you'd like me...

Duration:00:34:34

Episode 129: All About Dementia

10/4/2018
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In this episode, I do a deep dive talking about a requested topic: dementia. It can be hard to find good information and advice about dementia online, so I hope that this episode can serve that function. I go in-depth and cover the following: If you have a suggestion for a future deep dive topic or have a question that you'd like me to answer, send it to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Duration:01:02:21

Episode 128: Making Friends, Avoiding Stress After Concussion, Advice for Future Therapists

9/27/2018
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Back to the Q&A this week. Before I answer the questions, I talk about a recent psychiatric hospitalization that I had to do with the hope of helping you understand that it's not a purely black and white situation. Here are the questions I cover: As always, you can send your questions for the show in to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Duration:00:38:16

Episode 127: Duff the Wife Back Again!

9/20/2018
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Hello! I thought it would be nice to have my wife, Joelle, back on the podcast today. She's usually a listener favorite guest and I always love talking with her, so I hope you enjoy our conversation! We talk about all kinds of stuff including: As always, you can send me questions for a future episode to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Duration:00:48:02

Episode 126: Anxiety Exhaustion, Explosive Anger, Mending a Relationship

9/13/2018
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Another round of awesome questions from you, the listeners. Here's what we cover this week: As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Duration:00:37:00

Episode 125: Too Broke for Therapy, Anxiety Meds Don't Work, Pressure to Have Kids

9/7/2018
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Hello, friends! Sorry for anyone that missed last week's episode. I messed up a little with the technical side of things. We should be all back track this week. If you don't already, please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or whatever podcast player you use, so you never miss out. Here are the questions for this week: As always you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Duration:00:34:29

Episode 124: Gender Dysphoria and Sex, Increasing Klonopin Dose, Options to Keep Living

8/30/2018
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Three totally different questions today ranging from relatively basic to quite intense. I hope you enjoy. Did a little something different with the format of this, please feel free to send me feedback about it. Here are the questions: As mentioned in the podcast, check out http://hardcoreselfhelp.com for my audiobooks! If you have a question for a future episode, send it over to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Duration:00:33:49

Episode 123: Porn and Depression, Panic Disorder, Fleeting Suicidal Thoughts

8/23/2018
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Hello! Fantastic questions on today's Q&A episode. I am always amazed by your honesty and vulnerability when sending these in. Here's what we cover today: As always, you can send me your questions for an upcoming episode to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Duration:00:35:29

Episode 122: Anxiety Procrastination, Supporting Suicidal Friends, Loving with Borderline

8/16/2018
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Another full question and answer episode this week. Awesome questions, as always. I wanted to quickly say thank you for everyone who enrolled in the course. It was a very successful launch and I'm so happy that my hard work over the past year has paid off. THANK YOU! Here are the questions covered this week: As always, please keep sending me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com.

Duration:00:36:10

Episode 121: Death Anxiety, Regret, and the Therapeutic Relationship

8/9/2018
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Back at it! This episode is a full three question episode for you. Thanks for your patience over the past few weeks with the short episodes. That helped me out a lot. On a related note, the course is out! In fact, by the time the next episode drops, you will no longer be able to buy the course!! Get on it http://kickanxietycourse.com Here are the questions answered in this episode: If you have a question for a future episode, please send it to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Duration:00:39:11

Episode 120: Addressing an Awkward Situation with Therapist

8/2/2018
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It's time! Kick Anxiety's Ass is now live! You can get instant access to all 10 modules of awesome anxiety slaying content at http://kickanxietycourse.com If you purchase before Monday, 8/6 and use the coupon code PODCAST, you will get $100 off. You can check out a bunch of free lessons from the course before you decide. I think you are going to get a lot out of it. In this episode, I answer one listener question about what to do when you are uncomfortable with your therapist walking behind...

Duration:00:12:49

Episode 119: Dealing with a Toxic Mother

7/26/2018
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Hello, friends! Another mini episode this week as I gear up for the launch of Kick Anxiety's Ass, which is next week OMG fjkdlasnfkljd! This week I am taking a question about what to do when dealing with a toxic mother that lives in the same city. A tough one, but a really important topic. Next week will be one more short episode and then we will be back to regularly scheduled programming. Keep your awesome questions coming! Send them to duffthepsych@gmail.com

Duration:00:11:02

Episode 118: Parenting with Borderline Personality Disorder

7/19/2018
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Hello, all! This is another mini-episode with just one question, but boy is it a good one. If you didn't catch the last episode, I am doing a series of short episodes while I crank out the finishing touches on my online course, Kick Anxiety's Ass. In this episode, I take a question about parenting with borderline personality disorder. Full show notes can be found at http://duffthepsych.com/episode118 If you want to send me a question for a future episode, please send it to...

Duration:00:12:37

Episode 117: Too Depressed to Start Therapy

7/12/2018
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Hello, friends! For the next few episodes, I will be just taking one question, so that I can free up some of my time to put the finishing touches on the Kick Anxiety's Ass Course. For this week, the question is: Would online therapy be a good option for me, since I'm too depressed to do regular in-person therapy? If you have a question for me, be sure to send it to duffthepsych@gmail.com.

Duration:00:18:31

Episode 116: Communication and Support with Duff The Wife

7/5/2018
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Hello, friends! Super excited to bring my wife, Joelle, back on the podcast today. As usual, this is a super candid and honest conversation naturally flows into a variety of topics, but we broadly focused on issues related to communication and supporting one another in a relationship where one partner has significant mental health challenges. We bring our own personal experience into it and keep it super real. I hope you enjoy it. Just a reminder: You have until 7/9/18 to enter the Kick...

Duration:00:51:17