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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 137: All About Ketamine Treatments with Dr. Steven Mandel

Episode 137: All About Ketamine Treatments with Dr. Steven Mandel

Friends. If there is one interview of mine that you listen to, let it be this one. In this interview, I talk to Dr. Steven Mandel, the founder of the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles. Ketamine is one of the most effective mental health treatments that very few people seem to talk about. To me this is a shame. It’s amazingly effective treatment for depression, suicidality, PTSD, and bipolar.

In the interview, we talk about why Ketamine works, what an actual session looks like, and how it is a very low-risk procedure. We also address some common misconceptions and even get into the nitty gritty of cost/feasibility.

Please share this episode with your friends, families, and networks.

This is the first of a two-part series. Next week, I will be sharing an interview with an individual who describes their personal experience and amazing benefit from Ketamine treatments for depression.

I should note that I have no personal stake in the Ketamine Clinics. I simply believe that it’s a treatment that should gain more exposure.


December 6, 2018 0

Episode 135: How to Survive the Holidays

Episode 135: How to Survive the Holidays

This is something that I haven’t done before. I’m re-posting an episode from exactly one year ago. It’s currently holiday season over in the Duff household and I’m trying to be present and relaxed. Therefore, I didn’t want to record something new for this week. So I’m sharing with you episode 85, which is all about surviving the holidays, which can definitely be a challenge, especially when you have any mental health issues.


November 21, 2018 0

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