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I’m Dr. Duff

I’m Robert, a licensed clinical psychologist based in Southern California, and author of the bestselling Hardcore Self Help book series. I also host a weekly podcast where I address reader questions and interview others in the mental health field.

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Episode 113: Polyamory, Family Issues Due to Bipolar, Living with a Disability

Episode 113: Polyamory, Family Issues Due to Bipolar, Living with a Disability

Doing a pretty straightforward Q&A session this week, with questions about polyamory, how to deal with family issues due to having bipolar disorder, and advice on living with a disability. Thanks for checking out Hardcore Self Help! You can find transcripts of the episode below.

Here are this week’s questions:

  • My husband and I want to explore polyamory, but how can I get over my anxiety about him liking someone else more than me?
  • How can I get my family to stop abandoning me due to my bipolar?
  • What can I do now that my disability prevents me from doing the things that I used to love?

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June 14, 2018 0

Episode 112: The Psychology of ASMR

Episode 112: The Psychology of ASMR

In this episode, I do something a little different. This is a highly requested deep dive episode into the psychology of ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response. You know, those videos where people tap things and whisper on youtube? I used to make those videos. For almost 6 years, in fact.

I talk about what ASMR is and give examples from different videos. At the end, I even give you a bonus ASMR audio sample recorded by yours truly. Enjoy!

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June 7, 2018 0

Episode 111: Repressed Memories, Processing Loss, and Depression at 15

Episode 111: Repressed Memories, Processing Loss, and Depression at 15

This was a really good episode thanks to the awesome questions that I was sent in. In fact, I think this episode would be a really great one to share with your friends if you wanted to give them an example of my podcast!

Here are the questions that are covered in this episode:

  • Are repressed memories real and what should you do about them?
  • How do I know that I’ve fully processed recent losses in my family?
  • How can I get help when I’m 15, depressed, and embarrassed?

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May 31, 2018 0

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