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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 42: What to Expect from Medication, Money Anxiety, Motivating a Depressed Partner

Hey everyone! Back with another question and answer episode after a nice little holiday. I am slightly scatter brained this episode because people kept ringing the door and interrupting me. Grrrrrrr! This episode has some great questions though, so I hope you find some useful bits of information here. This is what I cover:

  • What should I expect from medication for depression?
  • How can I address my anxiety about money?
  • How can I motivate my depressed spouse to clean the house?

If you have questions, please send them over to me at or on twitter at

December 28, 2016 0

Episode 41: Three Stolen Ideas

In this episode I do something pretty different. Rather than take mental health questions, I present three ideas that I “stole” from people in fields OTHER than psychology. However, these are ideas that I think have great applications to life, emotions, and mental health. Two ideas are stolen from Tim Ferriss, who is the author of the 4 Hour book series and has an amazing podcast called the Tim Ferriss Show. The other idea is stolen from Chris Hardwick, who is the creator of the Nerdist network and a television host.

Here are the ideas I would like you to ponder:

  • Do I need to gain it the same way I lost it?
  • What would this look like if it were easy?
  • You can not reason someone out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.

Next week will most likely be another Q&A, so send your questions over to or hit me up on twitter at

December 21, 2016 0

Episode 40: Self-Care vs Laziness, Friend Jealousy, Mental Health at 17

This episode has some tough questions! I’m glad you aren’t going easy on me. Keep them coming, please! Here is what I cover:

  • How can you tell the difference between self-care and just being lazy or avoiding?
  • What can I do when I am jealous of my friend making close relationships with other people?
  • What should I do, as a senior in high school, about my mental health issues?


Please continue to send me your awesome questions to or on twitter at

December 14, 2016 0

What is Neuropsychological Assessment?

What is Neuropsychological Assessment?

A large part of my job as a psychologist is performing neuropsychological evaluations. Neuropsychology is a sub-specialty and while they may use assistants to aid in the actual testing, only licensed, Ph.D. level psychologists are able to conduct and interpret the results of neuropsychological assessment. Often in my practice, I initially encounter some confusion about what it is that we actually do, so I wanted to explain it here.


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