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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 21: Anxiety vs Normal Teens, Dad with Body Issues, Feeling Guilty for Mental Health

Another FANTASTIC grouping of questions today. This one is a little on the longer side, but I think there is a lot of valuable content to be had here. Above all I think that these questions were very BRAVE. Keep them coming!

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Here are the questions that are covered in this episode:

  • Should I be concerned about my feelings of anxiety and depression or is this just normal for a 14 year old?
  • How can I help my husband be less hard on my daughter about her weight and diet?
  • Should I avoid going into the mental health profession due to my own issues?

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August 3, 2016 0

Episode 20: Pokemon Go and Mental Health

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This was a fun one for me. In this episode, I do a “deep dive” into Pokemon Go and mental health. I talk about why the game is so effective and addicting as well as how that can be used in a very real way to combat mental health issues. I also address one particular way that it could cause distress for some. Please continue the conversation on twitter at and let me know your thoughts!

July 27, 2016 0

Episode 19: Do My Friends Care?, PTSD from Medical Treatment, and Is it Worth it to Try?

This episode fought back! My computer crashed when I recorded it the first time and I lost everything. Oh well. No biggie. Re-recorded it for you here and I don’t mind at all because the questions were so great! Here’s what we cover:

-Why don’t my friends notice when I don’t show up?

-How can I help my patients who seem traumatized from their medical treatment?

-Is it worth it to keep trying when I’m so depressed?

As always you can send me your questions on twitter at or through email at

July 20, 2016 0

Episode 18: Avoiding Panic, Resilience, and Repressed Memories

I’m not sick anymore! Yayyyy! This is another Q&A episode with some of my favorite questions yet. Don’t forget to check the new merch at:

Here are the questions covered:

-Is it ever smart to just avoid situations that might trigger anxiety?
-How can I help a teen with a rough upbringing?
-Are my repressed memories of abuse real?

Don’t forget to send me questions on twitter at or via email

July 13, 2016 0

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