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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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Recently on the Duff the Psych

Episode 2: Anger, Low Cost Resources, and Cigarettes

In this episode, I make a few short announcements and then take a few
awesome questions from listeners. You can send your questions to or email them to

First question: How to avoid explosive anger like my dad?

Second question: How can I find services without insurance?

Third question: Can quitting cigarettes lead to depression?

As always, check out my books at

March 23, 2016 0

The Hardcore Self Help Podcast Episode 1

In this episode I introduce you to the new podcast and take two Twitter questions and one Reddit question. You can find me on twitter at

First question: Is seven medications for anxiety and depression just crazy?

Second question: What’s the point of getting extensive testing for dementia?

Third question: How to help a family member who has slid back into depression?


As always, check out my books at

March 16, 2016 1

How To Explain Depression | A Letter

How To Explain Depression | A Letter

In my first book, I wrote a letter from the point of view of someone dealing with anxiety. The idea was that you could take that letter verbatim or use it as inspiration to help those people in your life that just don’t “get it” to better understand what it is that you are dealing with. In F**k Depression, I have decided to continue that idea, and came up with a letter on how to explain depression. Please feel free to use it in whatever way might be useful with you. I also included it as a downloadable PDF so you can print and give it to someone in your life.

I also have a letter for those dealing with anxiety. Find it here.


January 10, 2016 31

5 New Paragraphs from F**K Depression

As you are well aware of, I’m in the process of writing my next book, which is called Hardcore Self Help: F**k Depression. I’m deep into the writing process right now and I’d be lying if I said it’s not a little frustrating to write all of these awesome words and have no one to share them with until I release the book in February. So I want to give you a sneak peak into some of what I have been writing so far. Here are 5 random paragraphs taken from different chapters of the book in progress. Please keep in mind that these are drafts and may contain errors. This is far from a final product, but should give you a feel of what to expect.


November 28, 2015 1

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