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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
 
The case has gone cold. The person vanished without a trace. These unsolved crimes are frustrating and heartbreaking for the families of the victims and our deputies. #TeamHCSO reviews our unsolved missing person and homicide cases in hopes that it will bring new details to light. Join us as we try to solve this Unfinished Business.
 
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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 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! 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…
 
When the Kennedys and Plumb did not show up for work at Sun Ye Kennedy's China Town restaurant in Brandon on Super Bowl Sunday in 1990, friends started to worry. Upon arrival to their home, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies found Sun Ye Kennedy, William Plumb, and 15-year-old David Kennedy all dead.…
 
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! 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?…
 
Hello, friends! Hope you are well. Cruising along over here. Super ready for a relaxing weekend. In this episode, I tackle the following questions: I self-harmed (cut) when I was young and I still struggle with different forms of self-harm. Is therapy still an option? What can I do to feel joy again when my depression is strong? As always, you can …
 
Hello, everyone! At the start of this episode, I give a quick little ramble about a case that I'm working on to talk about some of the nuances with conservatorship and trying to help someone that can't care for their own needs. That's about the first 10 minutes. After that, I hop into the following questions: My family thinks I should be able to fi…
 
Big news! This is one of the LAST few episodes of Adobe & Teardrops! But you can hear me at Rosa and Rachel's Redwall Report! Also, you can write for Rainbow Rodeo, the first queer country music magazine! Apply here! This week, I dig into some of the best releases from the month of July. Son Volt -- “Diamonds and Cigarettes (feat. Laura Cantrell)” …
 
Hello, all! So just a little heads up. I'm super annoyed because in this episode, there were a couple undesirable sounds including a loud as cricket that wanted to ruin my life and also a rattling microphone that was being dramatic whenever I slightly bumped it. Aside from that, it was a great episode that covers the following questions: I love my …
 
Summer's winding down so you gotta catch as catch can. Here are some of the best Americana songs around about summer flings and wanting more. Adam Hooks and the Huckleberries -- “Samantha (Bad News)” (So Far Gone) (01:46) The Redhill Valleys -- “Finish Line” (Single) (05:06) Emily Duff -- “Don’t Hang the Moon” (Razor Blade Smile) (10:37) Gabe Lee -…
 
Hello, friends! Another Q&A Episode for you today featuring the following questions: What can I do about my separation anxiety every time my partner leaves? Why am I so mad at my therapist for diagnosing me with an eating disorder? As always, you can send me your questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the full show notes at duffthepsych.com/e…
 
Hello, all! I hope you're taking great care of yourselves. Been a busy busy week over here in DuffLand. In this episode, I cover the following awesome listener questions: How can I overcome my lack of appetite due to anxiety? What can I do about my negative body image? As always, you can send me questions for the show to duffthepsych@gmail.com you …
 
Grace Pettis and I celebrate her phenomenal album, Working Woman, by trading feminist country and roots music. We also discuss how Grace uses her platform to benefit people who are marginalized in the music industry, and what being a woman really means. Here's that Spotify playlist of feminist country music that Grace and I mentioned. Learn more ab…
 
Hello, friends! I hope you are taking great care of yourselves this week. To be honest, I've seen a lot of people having a bit of a hard time. If you are in this camp, I see you! This episode features the following amazing listener questions: My mother-in-law's son just died by suicide. How can I best support her? I am hoping to return to work afte…
 
The second episode this week explores some of my favorite protest music -- just in time for the Fourth of July! You can read more about the No-No boys here. No-No Boy -- “Close Your Eyes and Dream of Flowers” (1975) (4:03) Nana Grizol -- “Plantation Country” (South Somewhere Else) (7:26) Leyla McCalla -- “Money is King” (Capitalist Blues) (12:24) H…
 
In this two-episode week, Rachel spins the best music released in June (that she hasn't already covered for Pride, at least.) She also talks a little bit about the survivor's guilt of seeing Cory Branan in concert. Cory Branan -- “Visiting Hours” (Adios) (2:02) Angela Autumn -- “God’s Green Earth” (Frontiers Woman) (5:42) Von Bieker -- “An Artist’s…
 
Hello, friends! Back with part 2 of the rapid fire Q&A. There were so many awesome questions on my original post that I couldn't stop with one episode. Here are the questions I cover: Hi Duff, you’ve touched on this before but… have you ever come across anyone stuck thinking they have reached their maximum potential in life/not sure where to go fro…
 
In our final Pride episode, I speak with my friend, poet and writer Anastasia Walker. As we discuss, Anastasia and I met five years ago at our college reunion, and have kept in touch since. We talk about her upcoming book of poetry, The Girl Who Wasn’t And Is from bd-studios, and how the trans experience has changed and is changing across the gener…
 
Hello, all! In this episode, I am doing some rapid fire question and answer from a prompt that I threw up on Instagram. Please enjoy! If you have a question for the podcast that you'd like me to consider, please send it to duffthepsych@gmail.com and don't forget to use the search bar on duffthepsych.com if you want to see whether I have covered a s…
 
I’m honored to be joined by Terry Blade to celebrate Juneteenth and Pride! In this episode, Terry discuss his new single “Forward,” as well as his diverse influences and the BIPOC artists he resonates with. We also discuss the rapid corporatization of Juneteenth and how music media can best portray artists’ multiple identities. As always, learn abo…
 
Hello, friends! This episode is a re-post of an interview I did a couple years ago with the amazing Dr. Laura Copley. Dr. Copley is a trauma specialist and talks all about PTSD, trauma misconceptions, posttraumatic growth, and gives you some practical tools to use if you encounter trauma in your life. She's doing a bunch of cool stuff including onl…
 
I'm super excited about my latest project, the queer country zine Rainbow Rodeo! The articles are amazing and the thing looks great -- and that's all thanks to the artists featured in this episode -- as well as many more! In this episode, I preview the zine and play music by some of the zine's contributors. You can get your copy at www.rainbowrodeo…
 
Hello, friends! I hope you're having a really good week. Enjoyed making this episode for you. The questions here have somewhat of a theme. Here are the questions I take: I don't have access to psychiatry in my area. Can I use St. John's wort to treat my depression? I live in a place where mental health is taboo. How can I improve my anxiety around …
 
Adeem the Artist and I picked some of our favorite new queer country songs to feature for Pride! Shortly after this interview, it was announced that Adeem will be opening for American Aquarium in the fall. I’m so stoked for them! Turns out that between the two of us, Adeem and I reviewed half the albums featured here, so check those out in the show…
 
Hello, all! Hopefully you are doing well and sleeping better than I have been recently. Yikes. This episode is another Q&A with some awesome and vulnerable listener-submitted questions. Here's what I cover: Why do I keep gravitating toward media that reminds me of my trauma? I feel like a failure of a mother due to my depression. What can I do? As …
 
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