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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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Hello, friends. In this Q&A, I answer listener questions related to the worry of passing on your own mental health troubles and past experiences to your child, and recognizing the characteristic of burnout and compassion fatigue in a high pressured caregiving job and what you can do to help cope with it. Question 1: Hello! I have a question for the…
 
Hello, friends! Thank you to all of you that have been sharing the podcast as part of your Spotify Wrapped posts. Amazing to think that I've been a significant part of your year. I appreciate you so much! In this episode, I tackle the following questions: I've worked through most of my trauma, but issues still arise in my relationship from time to …
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I answer two questions related to relationships and mental health. The first tackles the subject of sex and extended lapses in intimacy in a relationship, while the second asks about mental health struggles when in a relationship accompanied by the feeling of being stuck in a pattern of thoughts like love is pain. Q…
 
Hello, all! If you spent some time off from work and/or with loved ones over the "holiday", I hope you have really enjoyed yourself. I'm incredibly grateful for you all. In this episode, I tackle the following awesome listener questions: I have a much lower sexual drive than my spouse and she thinks I don't find her attractive because of it. What c…
 
Hello, friends. In this Q&A, I answer questions related to combatting anxiety, low self-esteem, and feelings of low worth, plus dealing with a break in your relationship when you’ve both experienced loss. Question 1: Dear Dr. Duff, I struggle. I never feel worthy. I am intimidated by most every situation because I don’t believe I deserve anything. …
 
Hello, all! Apologies in advance for my croaky voice. My voice is totally shot from the week, but I do my best to give you responses to the following awesome questions: I have brought about my own problems and don't feel that I deserve to get better. How do I approach this seemingly insurmountable problem? My partner and I are on a break to work on…
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I tackle two very important questions relating to therapy and the relationship you have with your therapist. The first looks at connecting meaningfully with your therapist when you have had negative past experiences, while the second looks at what you can do when you feel like you have hit a dead end and don’t make …
 
Hello, friends! After a quick update about the whole Thanksgiving situation at my kid's school, I dive into the following amazing questions: My previous therapist was sexually inappropriate. How can I trust therapists again? My depression doesn't go away no matter what I do and I'm not making progress in therapy. What can I do? As always, you can s…
 
Hello, friends! In this episode, I answer two questions relating to practicing self-care when you have no choice to engage with a toxic individual when co-parenting and supporting your partner when they struggle with depressive episodes which leaves them feeling numb. Question 1: Obvious answer is to cut those people out of your life, but what if y…
 
Hello, friends! In this episode, I start with some concerns from my personal life that tie into some social psychology concepts before jumping into the following questions: Co-parenting with my ex is difficult given our difference in opinion about discipline. How do I stop our interactions from driving me crazy? My partner retreats and can't feel a…
 
Hello, friends! In this Q&A, I dive into two questions from listeners of the podcast relating to being able to support your partner’s growth while dealing with feelings of insecurity and being left behind, and whether the ‘hard’ of healing ever outweighs the ‘good’. Question 1: Hello Mr. Duff I have been married for 17 years. Good marriage till the…
 
Hello, friends! Super happy to bring you this Q&A episode today. I take the following questions: What can I do when it feels like my wife doesn't care about me anymore? Is there a point where the cost of healing just isn't worth it? As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and get show notes at http://duffthepsych.com/epi…
 
Hello, friends. If you find meditating difficult, then I’ve created this episode just for you! I dive into the fundamentals of meditation and offer my thoughts on how you can make your meditation practices a success. All About Meditation I run through the purpose of meditation and how it can calm your primitive mind, giving yourself space for thing…
 
Hello, friends! I have a really cool episode for you today. Meditation is a tool that I use often and is one of the most important things in my personal mental health toolkit. But for a lot of people, meditation just doesn't do the trick. Or it's too hard. Or it's actually scary. In this episode, I share my best tips for meditation. I hope to get y…
 
Hello, friends. In this Q&A episode, I offer my thoughts on two very different but equally important questions relating to seeking help for depression when you feel you’re incapable of talking, and addressing the feeling of being a bad/inconsiderate friend and person in general. Question 1: Hope you do well. Well, I am a 28 years old woman, and I t…
 
Hello, all! I hope that you are having a great week. I got a great episode for you here with the following questions: How can I get help for my depression when I can't talk about my feelings? How do I stop feeling like such a bad person all the time? As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at duff…
 
Hello, friends! In this Q&A, I take a look at two questions relating to coping with grief and survivor’s guilt after a family tragedy and learning to guard yourself when you love too easily and struggle with codependency. Question 1: I’m looking for a podcast that would apply to my son who lost his house in a fire and his partner of 17 years, but h…
 
Hello, friends! Got a nice Q&A for you today with a little rambling at the top. Here's what I answer: My son went through a horrific tragedy. How can he move forward? How can I avoid being so desperate for love? As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and show notes are available at duffthepsych.com/episode273 ---- Want a web…
 
Hello, friends! This is a super interesting episode in which I answer two great questions from listeners of the podcast. The first relates to communication with your partner about your own mental health, while the second looks at life post-COVID when you are struggling with low motivation towards life and your future. Question 1: It’s hard for me t…
 
Hello, all! So... I'm an idiot and had to record this episode twice. Oops. BUT I'm super glad to be releasing this. I answered the following awesome questions in this episode: I have depression, OCD, PTSD, etc. and I have no idea how to explain all of this to my partner without overwhelming them. What do I do? How can I get out of my pandemic rut w…
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I take a look at two questions from listeners of the podcast. The first relates to thoughts of suicide and how to navigate them, while the second tackles performance at work when you are struggling with anxiety, insomnia and more. Question 1: Hi Duff, I know this question may sound dumb, but how do I know when to ta…
 
Hello, friends! This episode is a nice Q&A with some great listener-submitted questions. The first one involves some discussion about suicide. Although nothing graphic, just be aware of that. Here are the two questions I cover this episode: I have had thoughts of suicide for a long time, but have never made an attempt. How do I know when to take th…
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I answer two super interesting questions relating to the shortage of mental healthcare providers and the discussion as to whether overlapping diagnoses hold up and if it’s possible to have bipolar and borderline personality disorder. Question 1: I’ve been a fan of your content since your ASMR days and I just recentl…
 
Hello, friends! In this episode, I answer a couple listener questions that are less about direct advice and more about general questions in the field of mental health and psychology. Here's what I cover: Why are there so few mental health providers and why are waitlists so long? Does it make sense to have multiple overlapping diagnoses? As always, …
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I answer two very different but important questions relating to moving forward from a traumatic childhood full of abuse and dealing with anxious behaviors which are impacting your relationships. Question 1: I was sexually abused as a child for years, and have been raped multiple times during my pre-teen and teenage …
 
Hello, friends! In this episode, I have a Q&A featuring the following questions: How can I continue to work on my longtime childhood trauma when I don't remember a lot of my past? Do I have a chance of getting back in my long-distance relationship even though I'm pursuing a Ph.D.? As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and f…
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, my lovely wife Joelle returns to the podcast! We talked about parenting a 3 and 5 year old, including them being in school now, we talked about what works in our relationship, we gave an update on what nonmonogamy looks like in our relationship, and we answered what we DONT like about one another. Sponsor: This epis…
 
Hello, friends! On this episode, I had my wife back on the show. We just chilled on the couch and had a nice wide-ranging conversation about our lives right now, where our relationship is at, and even some of our pet peeves with each other. Enjoy! Send me your questions for future episodes to duffthepsych@gmail.com and don't forget to check out my …
 
Alright, everyone! Another great Q&A for you featuring the following questions: How can I move past my traumatic history of bullying and parental violence? What is the difference between a friendship and intimate relationship? Don't forget to get your copy of 500 Journal Prompts for Mental Health, Creativity, and Personal Exploration! As always, yo…
 
Hello, friends! In this episode, I take a look at two very interesting questions relating to knowing the line between friendship and intimate relationships and coping with past trauma and bullying when. Question 1: Hello, I am 28 years old and for the half of my life so far I have not done well with my mental health and haven’t sought any help apar…
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I take a look at two super interesting questions relating to developing your social skills when you’re a socially anxious person, and alternative options to tackling anxiety and depression when you can’t afford therapy. Question 1: I’m a socially anxious introvert, and in looking for ways to overcome and outgrow thi…
 
Hello, friends! This is a straightforward Q&A with the following questions: How can I work on my social skills as a socially anxious introvert? What can I do about my depression when I can't afford traditional therapy? As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and full show notes are at duffthepsych.com/episode266 ------- This …
 
Hello, friends! In this episode, I take a look at two brilliant questions relating to the difficulty of finding friends in adulthood, especially when living abroad, and dealing with your own personal insecurities when they are harming your relationships. Question 1: Hi Dr. Duff I have immigrated to the US 8 years ago with my husband. Since then I h…
 
Hello, friends! Looks like I have a bit of a cold, so bear with my voice and breathing in this one. Got a great Q&A with the following thought-provoking questions: I don't have many friends and find myself becoming attracted to my doctor. Is there something wrong with my relationship? How can I deal with my jealousy and insecurity in relationships?…
 
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