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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Recently on the Duff the Psych

Episode 35: Brother with OCD, Social Anxiety in Therapy, and Stressful Job

Thanks so much to those of you who recently left iTunes reviews. I really appreciate it. These are the three episodes that I took on this episode:

  • What can I do to help my brother with OCD?
  • What if social anxiety gets in the way of therapy?
  • How can I cope with my extremely stressful job?

I also mentioned some links in this episode…

Sorting Therapy:

Teen Vogue Article:


TalkSpace Episode:


As always you can send me your questions at or

November 9, 2016 0

Episode 34: How to Find a Therapist, Do You Need Pain to Change Behavior, Setting Boundaries with Parent

Hello! A nice wide ranging set of questions this time. Don’t be afraid to send in any questions that you have. There are no bad questions (within reason…)!

Here’s what we cover in this episode:

  • How do you find a therapist who meets certain demographic specifications?
  • Is pain a necessary part of changing behavior?
  • Should you have firm boundaries with a parent?

As always you can send your questions to or hit me up on twitter at

November 2, 2016 0

Episode 33: Self-Care With Alcoholic Partner, Chatty Therapist, Self-Improvement When Overwhelmed

Another great episode full of your questions. We start off pretty heavy and then move to some lighter questions. I did record this in the middle of the day and my son started having a meltdown upstairs, so if you listen close you can hear some of him crying toward the end of the episode. Oops!

I would really appreciate it if you shared the show with your friends and/or wrote a review of the show on iTunes. THANKS!!

Here are the questions in this episode:

  • How can I care for myself and start to feel alive again with an alcoholic partner and an overwhelming life?
  • What should I do about a therapist that talks about himself too much?
  • How can I focus on self-improvement when I’m overwhelmed with school and work?

As always you can send me your questions big or small to

October 26, 2016 0

Episode 32: All About ADHD

You asked for it! Here’s a deep dive episode all about Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. I briefly mention this, but I didn’t give nearly enough emphasis to the fact that you can have the primarily inattentive type, the hyperactive/impulsive type, or the combined type. Oops!

In the episode, I mention my interview on the MyCoda podcast, which you can find here:

You should also be checking me out on facebook


Next week is a Q&A, so send me your questions!!

October 19, 2016 0

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