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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Episode 4: Ryan on Male Depression, Body Image, and Gaming

This is an awesome episode. I welcome my very first guest, Ryan, to the show. He is a buddy of mine from college and we talk about his experiences with depression. I am really happy with this interview because Ryan was so willing to talk candidly and openly about things that just don’t seem to be talked about enough in every day life. He has an awesome personal blog and I reference a particular post that he wrote about depression, which you can find here:

As always, you can send me your questions, thoughts, feedback, suggestions etc. via twitter at or email them to me at

Check out my books at and shoot me an email if you can’t afford them for any reason (you don’t need to tell me why).

April 6, 2016 0

Episode 3: Anxiety Awareness, Panic Attacks, and Pets

In this episode I ask you for your reviews and take some wonderful listener questions. You can send your questions to or email them to

First question: What if I am too aware of my anxiety?

Second question: How to deal with panic attacks aside from medication?

Third question: Are pets actually beneficial to your mental health?

As always, check out my books at

March 29, 2016 0

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

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