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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 17: Audiobook Chapter from F**k Depression

I’m sick! Therefore I am going to save my voice and skip the Q & A this week. Instead, I have a treat for you. This is a full chapter from my upcoming audiobook for Hardcore Self Help: F**k Depression. It is chapter 8 entitled Be Nice To The Future You. I talk all about setting yourself for success instead of self-sabotaging like usual.


Please consider following me on twitter at or join my email list at so you can be the first to know when the audiobook drops!

July 6, 2016 0

Episode 16: Anonymous on Overcoming Childhood Sexual Abuse and Self-Harm

So this is interesting. I have my first Anonymous guest on the show. This person offered to come on and talk about their experiences with many different topics such as self-harm, childhood sexual abuse, and learning to take chances with the support of ongoing psychotherapy. She also generously offered to take follow up questions through email at Feel free to shoot her a message to say thanks for sharing her story!

Next week will be another Q&A episode, so send me your questions on twitter at or through email at

June 29, 2016 0

Episode 15: Binge Eating, Panic Attacks, and Firing Therapy Clients

Welcome to another question and answer episode. Some really fantastic questions this time around. Thank you so much for sending them in. I also give a little update about my next audiobook! Here’s what is covered in this episode:

-How to deal with binge eating as a man

-How to reduce panic attacks

-How to “fire” a therapy client

As always, you can reach me on twitter at or email me at

June 22, 2016 0

Episode 14: Andrea on Overcoming Self-Harm

This week is another fantastic interview. I got the chance to sit and talk with a friend of mine, Andrea Gustafson, about her experiences with self-harm. More specifically, we talk about non-suicidal cutting, which means slicing yourself with a razor while NOT intending to kill yourself. It was super brave of Andrea to put herself out there and be honest in this episode, so please consider dropping her a line over on twitter at to say thank you!

Next week will be another Q & A episode, so as always send your questions to me on twitter or through email

June 15, 2016 1

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