The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych

Robert Duff, Ph.D.

  • 50 minutes 53 seconds
    401: Adult Star Turned Therapist Jennie Ketcham Crooks on Digital Overconsumption and Reconnecting to Life

    In this episdoe, I sit down with Jennie Ketcham-Crooks, a licensed therapist, anxiety specialist, and author of the upcoming book "Look Up: The 30-Day Path to Digital Minimalism and Real Life Maximalism."

    Jennie shares her compelling journey from an adult film performer to a transformative therapist, opening up about the pivotal moments that shaped her path. They delve deep into the challenges of reducing digital overconsumption, discussing practical, evidence-based strategies from Jennie's book that can help you realign your life with your values and build meaningful real-world connections.

    Discover how to take on a 30-day challenge designed to shift your smartphone use from unintentional to intentional, making every minute count towards your personal fulfillment. Robert and Jennie also explore the importance of maintaining human connections in the digital age, the potential impacts of overusing smartphones, and how to cultivate a balanced, intentional relationship with technology. Don't miss Jennie's unique insights on parenting, mental health, and the value of vulnerability and intimacy. Tune in for an episode packed with valuable advice, heartfelt stories, and actionable tips to help you navigate the digital world mindfully. Whether you're looking to cut down on screen time, connect more deeply with those around you, or simply hear an inspiring story of transformation, this interview has something for you.

    Be sure to check out Jennie on intagram and at her website to stay tuned for updates on her new book!

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    14 June 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 27 minutes 32 seconds
    400: Mystery Question & Rapid Fire Q&A

    Hello, everyone!

    Thank you SO much for joining me for episode 400. I can't believe it's been 400 episodes already. Blows my mind. In this episode, I have a (creepy) mystery question that I share, and I also go through some rapid fire questions from the Hardcore Self Help Facebook group.

    A special shout out to everyone who has been with me from the start. Here is to the next 100 episodes! 

    As always, you can send me questions to [email protected] and find the full transcript at http://duffthepsych.com/episode400

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    7 June 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 30 minutes 52 seconds
    399: Dating with a Stutter & Self-Harm Scars

    Hello, friends!

    In today’s episode, we tackle two profound listener questions that may resonate with many of you:

    Navigating Dating with a Stutter: A 38-year-old listener shares their struggles with stuttering, particularly how it impacts their dating life. They often need months to work up the courage to ask someone out and lose confidence if they stutter while doing so. We explore the nature of stuttering, its psychological impacts, and offer practical advice on managing anxiety, building self-confidence, and embracing one's uniqueness in social contexts. 

    Overcoming Self-Harm Scars and Building Confidence: Another listener, who self-harmed from ages 12 to 15, describes the ongoing shame they feel about their visible scars, which has affected their dating life and social activities. They seek advice on how to overcome this fear and become more open about their past. We discuss strategies for self-acceptance, the importance of vulnerability, and ways to reframe scars as symbols of resilience and survival.

    As always, you can send me questions to [email protected] and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode399

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    31 May 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 35 minutes 58 seconds
    398: Choosing to be Childless, Sex Mismatch, & Inpatient Treatment

    Hello, friends!

    In today’s episode, we tackle three insightful listener questions that many of you might relate to:

    Choosing Not to Have Biological Children Due to Mental Illness: A listener shares their decision to not have biological children to avoid passing on their mental health struggles. They feel confident in this choice but encounter surprise and judgment from others. We discuss the validity of their decision, the heritability of mental health conditions, and the importance of respecting personal choices.

    Navigating Barriers to Inpatient Mental Health Treatment: Another listener is considering inpatient treatment but faces significant logistical and financial barriers. We explore the challenges of dealing with insurance, paperwork, and managing life responsibilities during treatment. Suggestions for alternative treatment options like intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and partial-hospitalization programs (PHP) are also discussed.

    Addressing Mismatched Sex Drives in a Relationship: A listener in a relationship with differing sex drives seeks advice on how to encourage their partner to address potential low testosterone or other medical issues affecting their libido. We delve into the complexities of communication about sexual needs, potential underlying relationship issues, and strategies for fostering open dialogue and seeking professional help.

    As always, you can send me questions to [email protected] and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode398.

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    24 May 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 49 minutes 28 seconds
    397: What Kind of Therapy Is Right for Me?

    Hello, friends!

    In today’s episode, we dive deep into a listener’s question about finding the right therapy for a variety of complex mental health issues. This 29-year-old woman is struggling with childhood trauma, mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression, and relationship issues. She is also seeking guidance on possible autism/ADHD symptoms and needs help navigating the overwhelming array of therapy options available.

    We explore the IPA framework (Immediacy, Problem, Approach) to help her and others identify the most suitable types of therapy. Additionally, we discuss the different types of therapists and their qualifications, the importance of cultural competency, and practical tips for finding a good therapist using various resources. This episode is a comprehensive guide for anyone looking to start their therapy journey.

    As always, you can send me questions to [email protected] and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode397

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    17 May 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 22 minutes 24 seconds
    396: Her Doctor Failed Her - Privacy for Youth in Psychiatry, Suicidality Assessment, and Advocating for Your Past Self
    Hello, friends!   In today’s episode, we tackle a profound listener question that may resonate with many of you. A listener who survived a suicide attempt at 13 is considering reaching out to the pediatric psychiatrist who assessed them during their hospitalization. They feel that the presence of medical students during their assessment was inappropriate and impacted their honesty. They're seeking guidance on how to provide feedback and advocate for their younger self.   As always, you can send me questions to [email protected] and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode396   Links:   https://www.nami.org/advocacy/   https://www.patientadvocate.org/   ---   Ready to release your stressors and find a safe space to talk? Try BetterHelp, an entirely online therapy platform that fits your schedule. Fill out a brief questionnaire to get matched with a licensed therapist, and switch therapists anytime for no extra charge. Get 10% off your first month at http://betterhelp.com/duff  
    10 May 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 27 minutes
    395: Overcoming Agoraphobia, Common Exposure Mistakes, Amygdala Reactivity, and More
    Hello, friends!   In today’s episode, we tackle a profound listener question that may resonate with many of you.   A listener struggling with agoraphobia seeks guidance on overcoming their anxiety and finding motivation to pursue exposure exercises. They’ve been working with a therapist and taking anxiety medication but feel stuck. We explore the complexities of agoraphobia, the importance of prolonged exposure, and strategies for building motivation and support.   As always, you can send me questions to [email protected] and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode395 ---   Nourish Your Skin with OneSkin: Combat dry, aging skin with OneSkin’s peptide-powered products, including their moisturizing body lotion and the innovative OS-01 SHIELD SPF. Address skin issues at their root with a 15% discount using code DUFF at oneskin.co.    
    26 April 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 29 minutes 20 seconds
    Episode 394: Finding Focus with ADHD & The Surprising Upside of Missing Medication
    Hello, friends!   In today’s episode, we tackle two thought-provoking listener questions that may resonate with many of you:   Cymbalta Conundrum: A listener shares their experience with Cymbalta, a medication prescribed for panic disorder. They noticed feeling amazing on days they forgot to take the medication, leading them to wonder if they truly needed it. We explore the concept of conditioned compensatory response, the effects of medication on the body, and the importance of gradual tapering.   ADHD Focus Struggles: Another listener struggles with focus and motivation despite trying various medications and strategies. We discuss the complexities of ADHD, the importance of environmental adjustments, and techniques like mindfulness, Pomodoro intervals, and accountability to improve focus and productivity.   As always, you can send me questions to [email protected] and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode394   ---   Take care of your social battery with BetterHelp! Their online therapy platform offers flexible scheduling and matching with licensed therapists. Get 10% off your first month with the code "duff" at http://betterhelp.com/duff  
    19 April 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 25 minutes 20 seconds
    Episode 393: When to Say I Love You & Numbness in Face After TBI

    Hello friends!

    In today’s episode, we explore the deep and complex emotions involved in expressing love within romantic relationships and the challenging path to recovery following a severe traumatic brain injury. We kick off with a question about the appropriate timing for saying “I love you” in a romantic context, especially considering cultural differences and personal challenges such as being on the autism spectrum. Our listener’s journey brings forward the importance of understanding personal feelings and the unique dynamics of each relationship.

    We then shift to an inspiring yet poignant story of miraculous recovery and the persistence of hope. Another listener shares the journey of their mother’s recovery from a severe traumatic brain injury resulting from a car accident. While her recovery has been astonishing, they grapple with the lingering issue of facial numbness. This story highlights the incredible resilience of the human body and spirit, the complexities of the brain's healing process, and the necessity of advocating for comprehensive care that addresses all facets of recovery.

    As we navigate these profound topics, remember, whether it's about expressing love or facing the aftermath of a traumatic event, the journey is deeply personal and filled with opportunities for growth and understanding.

    As always, you can send your questions to [email protected] and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode393

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    12 April 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 28 minutes 56 seconds
    Episode 392: Helping a Friend with OCD & Being Controlling After Moving In

    Hello friends!

    In today’s thoughtful episode, we tackle two profound listener questions that may resonate with many of you:

    Contemplating Harm OCD and Supporting a Friend: A listener shares their concerns about how to best support a friend struggling with harm OCD. They've noticed their attempts to help by offering reassurance or checking things for their friend might actually be counterproductive. We dive into the nature of OCD, the impact of well-meaning actions, and how to genuinely support someone without reinforcing their compulsive behavior.

    Finding Balance Amidst Life's Transitions: Another listener talks about the challenges of transitioning to a full-time job and living with their partner after college. They've found themselves clinging to rigid routines that have begun to control their life, seeking advice on how to break free from these patterns without losing their sense of stability. We explore the importance of flexibility, communication, and self-awareness in navigating these significant life changes.

    As always, you can send me questions to [email protected] and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode392

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    5 April 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 33 minutes 19 seconds
    Episode 391: Panic Disorder & Caregiving for a TBI

    Hello friends!

    In today’s episode, we tackle two interesting questions that delve into the heart of mental and emotional challenges many of us face.

    First, we explore the complex world of panic disorder through the eyes of a 24-year-old graduate student grappling with severe panic attacks. Their story illuminates the physical and psychological intensity of panic disorder, revealing how it transcends mere stress or anxiety to significantly disrupt daily life. We dissect the cycle of fear and avoidance intrinsic to panic disorder and discuss the critical importance of specialized care and therapy in navigating this condition.

    Next, we turn our attention to the challenges faced by caregivers of individuals with dementia resulting from traumatic brain injuries (TBI). One listener shares the struggle of balancing caregiving with personal self-care, seeking resources and support to manage this demanding role. We offer guidance on finding online and in-person resources, emphasize the importance of self-care for caregivers, and encourage seeking professional help to ensure both the caregiver's and the loved one's needs are met.

    As always, you can send your questions to [email protected] and find the full show notes for this episode at http://duffthepsych.com/episode391.

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    29 March 2024, 5:00 pm
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