mental health for real people


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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My TEDx Talk | The Cost of Complication

My TEDx Talk | The Cost of Complication

I did a TEDx talk!

This is something that has been on my personal and professional “bucket list” for a while. I have taught classes and given professional lectures, but nothing like this! This was a big production with bright lights, tons of cameras, and a 5 foot red dot that I had to stand in. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous. Add to that the fact that in this talk, I share some information about my personal story that I have not previously shared on such a wide platform and… well this was a big deal for me.


February 24, 2017 0

Episode 50: Victory!!

Episode 50, guys! Woohooo!!! Man. Crazy stuff. Thank you SO FREAKIN MUCH for your continued collaboration on this podcast. Your questions and inspiration keep it going. In this episode, I reflect a bit on the journey so far and then share a few victory stories sent in by listeners. It is always important to give yourself credit for big and small moments of success when you are living with mental illness.

Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you! Let’s keep this goin. Send me your questions and I’ll see you next week.

February 22, 2017 0

Episode 49: Suicidal Friend, Telling Work about Depression, Anxiety from Weed

Hey, everyone! Please continue to send me in your mental health success stories both big and small. I have a few good ones, but I want more! I will be reading them on the next episode, which is freakin’ episode 50!!! SO AWESOME WTFBBQ!!!

Ahem. Here are today’s questions.

  • Should I tell my friend’s therapist about her suicidal behaviors?
  • How should I talk to my boss about my depression?
  • Can you permanently get anxiety from smoking weed?


You can send me your questions and success stories to or on twitter at

February 15, 2017 0

Episode 48: Overcoming Sexual Assault, Trouble Sleeping With Other People, What’s It Like Having A Mentally Ill Spouse

Hello, friends!

GASP! I forgot to record a podcast. I mean… I remembered, but I didn’t remember in time for my usual midnight upload time. Oh well. You probably don’t care.

HEY! I would love to hear your personal mental health success stories big and small. Please send them over to me in the next couple weeks for episode 50!

Here are this week’s questions:

  • How can I “get over” a sexual assault that happened a couple months ago?
  • Why do I have a hard time sleeping with other people in the room?
  • What is it like having a spouse with a mental illness?

As always you can send me your questions (and success stories) to or on twitter at

February 8, 2017 0

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