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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! I hope you're doing well. After a very gross story at the top of the episode, I get into the following questions: What can I do about decreased intimacy in my marriage? I am too depressed to do anything what can I do? As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at http://duffthepsych.c…
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I answer two questions related to insecurities within marriage where there is a lack of intimacy, and coping with persistent depression that has left you feeling hopeless with no passion for life. Question 1: Hey Dr. Duff, I’m struggling with insecurities in my marriage. I need help coping. My wife and I have been m…
 
Hello, everyone! I hope you're having a great week. Just a nice straightfoward Q&A for you today featuring the following questions: After 12 years of a great marriage, my husband had a sudden realization that he wants to leave. What can I do? My mother was in a terrible car crash and is afraid of remembering what happened. Is that a possibility? As…
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I answer questions related to coping with an unexpected divorce fuelled by mental health troubles, and the possibility of regaining lost memories after trauma and how you can prepare for this. Question 1: My soon to be ex husband has a family history of mental illness and many suicides. He struggled with it as well …
 
Hello, friends! In this episode, I answer two questions that focus on how to ask for help when you’re unsure of what to say, and learning to express your thoughts, struggles and feelings to your loved ones. Question 1: Hey Duff, Im an 18 year old male and I have no idea what’s going on with me. I always have this sinking feeling in my stomach. I ca…
 
Hello, everyone! Episode 300!! Holy moly. Thank you so much for sticking with me on this ride. I appreciate your trust and attention so very much. This episode is much like any other. A solid question and answer featuring the following: How can I ask for help as an 18-year-old guy? My relationship failed due to my inability to communicate my feelin…
 
Hello, friends! In this episode, I answer questions related to why it isn’t common knowledge that anxiety can be both body and mind based, and how you can take action to get out of a victim mentality and start believing in my own agency Question 1: Hi Dr. Duff. First of all thank you for your podcasts and books – long time listener, first-time call…
 
Hello, friends! I hope you've had a really good week. My week here has been pretty good. As I mention in the episode, I didn't really plan anything good for the 300th episode of the show, BUT I wanted to open things up to you all. If you have written in a question or heard a question from the show that caused you to make a change in your life or th…
 
Hello, friends! I hope you have had a wonderful week. For today's episode, I answer the following awesome listener questions: I am thinking of going into clinical psychology, but as a sensitive person, I am afraid of emotionally burning out. What can I do to avoid this? I have lost someone every year since 2015. How can I get back to a normal life …
 
Hello, friends! In this episode, I dive into two questions related to preventing and managing emotional burnout as a therapist, and dealing with grief and the feeling of guilt that can ensue. Question 1: Hi Dr.Duff, just wanted to pose a question that you may like to address in a podcast episode! How does one manage and prevent emotional burnout as…
 
Hello, everyone! Thank you for your patience on this one. Had to take a couple extra days so that I didn't lose my mind with work. This episode features the following questions: After college, I don't know what to do with my life and find myself depressed. How can I move forward? My family expects me to be the peacekeeper and therapist. How can I s…
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I offer my thoughts on two questions related to feeling lost in the world after graduating from university and feeling trapped in playing the role of your family’s therapist and problem solver. Question 1: I have had a lot going on mentally for the past year so I really can’t express everything in this small email b…
 
Hello, all! This before I get into the questions this week, I talk a bit about my personal situation. Unfortunately, I had a breakup with a partner of mine and I share some of the realizations that I had in the process as well as my protocol for making it through this sort of hardship. After that, I jump into the following awesome listener question…
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I address two very different questions relating to dealing with constant paranoid thoughts and whether this is linked to trauma or past cannabis use, and dealing with toxicity in the workplace, learning to navigate a hostile work environment. Question 1: Hi Duff, I just found your podcast and am really enjoying it. …
 
Hello, friends! I hope that you are caring well for your hearts this week. It's wild out there. Here are the questions I cover in this week's episode: My history of sexual abuse makes dating complicated. How can I move forward? My husband cheated on me but doesn't want to do couples therapy. How can I stop resenting him? As always, you can send me …
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I answer two questions that relate to starting to date again after past abuse, and healing your marriage when you’re angry with your partner for cheating on you. Question 1: While I will try to keep it brief I think context is important to the question. Growing up I was sexually abused by my brother, this took place…
 
Hey, everyone. I hope you're taking great care of yourselves. In this episode, I start with a moment of vulnerability about my life lately. That is followed by these two great questions sent in by listeners like yourself: My wife has had anxiety for years but does not want to get help for it. What can I do? I have a perfect life, but I remain depre…
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I take a look at questions focused on the topics of supporting someone who refuses to seek professional help, and dealing with strong emotions relating to the state of the world. Question 1: Hello, My wife has suffered from anxiety for a long time, and seems to be really bad recently. When I have brought up the topi…
 
Hey, friends! I hope you're having a great week. This is a very interesting episode with the following questions: I am attracted to my therapist and saw her on a non-traditional dating app. When I brought this up, she refused to talk about it. What should I do? How should cannabis use disorders be handled when there are also mental health issues? A…
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I tackle two diverse questions relating to the therapeutic relationship when feelings of attraction are present in therapy, and dealing with cannabis use disorder when coupled with other mental health issues. Question 1: I am writing to you from the uk. I stumbled across your podcasts during the pandemic and have wo…
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I answer a question from an individual struggling to come to terms with their partner’s sexual past and who feels uncomfortable talking about this subject in therapy. I offer my thoughts on the situation, take a look at what might be underpinning these issues and what steps you can take to move forward positively wi…
 
Hello, friends! This is a short and sweet episode where I answer the following question: I recently learned of my partner's previous threesome. I can't stop feeling disgust and anxiety from it, even though I know that's not fair. How can I deal with this? As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the show notes at…
 
Hello, everyone! Pretty heavy episode this time. Nothing graphic, as usual, but I decided to tackle some tricky questions. Before hopping into the questions, I share a quick tip about managing the news cycle during this really intense time. Here are the questions covered: My kid's school had two people die by suicide this year. How can I talk to th…
 
Hello, friends! In this episode, I take a look at two questions relating to talking to your children after experiencing a tragedy, and working through childhood issues when you struggle with numbness vs. unsettling flashbacks in therapy. Question 1: Hey Dr. Duff, My son is in the 5th grade and attends a K-12 school. Recently, an 8th grade student c…
 
Hello, friends! In this Q&A, I answer questions relating to OCD, intrusive thoughts, and rumination focused around the fear of harm coming to friends and family. Plus, is it okay to ruminate about therapy? Question 1: Hey Duff, I’ve been listening to your podcast for a while, and I think you give great advice with accompanying ways to cope. I have …
 
Hello, friends! I hope you are all doing well. In this episode, I start off with a quick update about my experience so far on Lexapro (escitalopram), an SSRI medication for anxiety. After that, I jump straight into the following super interesting questions: I have OCD with intrusive thoughts about harming my loved ones. What can I do about this? I …
 
Hey, all! Nice Q&A episode for you here. The second questions talks a bit about suicidality, but nothing too graphic. Very interesting stuff. Here's what I cover: How do you feel about therapists self-disclosing in therapy? Should I be concerned about my passive suicidal thoughts or are they just intrusive thoughts? As always, you can send me your …
 
Hello, friends. In this episode, I take a look at two very different but interesting questions related to self-disclosure in therapy, and coping with persistent depression, intrusive thoughts, and suicidal ideation where these feelings are brushed off in therapy. Question 1: I’m not sure if this is appropriate for the podcast. I wanted to ask – Wha…
 
Hello, friends. This is a super interesting Q&A where I answer questions related to patient confidentiality when you’re under 18 and whether your therapist will disclose self-harm to your parents, and tackling anxiety and depression when you have hypothyroidism. Question 1: Hey there. I have a question for you. Some background (under 18). I have a …
 
Hey, everyone. Short and sweet episode today featuring the following questions: I am a minor in therapy. What can my therapist share with my parents about self-harm? How can I tell the difference between a physical issue like hypothyroidism and a mental health issue like depression? As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and…
 
Hello, friends! This episode features two questions related to trauma. There is nothing violent or explicit described, but both questions do involve childhood abuse. Just be aware. Here is what is covered in this episode: I sometimes doubt that my trauma ever happened and use self-harm as a way to remind myself that it did. What can I do? I have se…
 
Hello, friends! In this Q&A episode, I take a look at two very different questions relating to working through past trauma that no one knows about when you have the need to remind yourself it was real, and how to address a diagnosis that you feel has been incorrectly given. Question 1: Dear Dr Duff, I have a somewhat specific question. I’m in thera…
 
Hey, friends! I hope that your week has been great. I want to give you a big thanks for listening to the show. I really appreciate you. This is a question and answer episode where I tackle the following: How can I get over my anxiety about having unstructured time off from work? I have erectile dysfunction with my new partner and my doctor thinks i…
 
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