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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 6: Mike Billstrom on Unexpected Mentors, Overcoming Adversity, and Becoming Obsessed with Self-Improvement

This episode features a great interview with a new friend, Mike Billstrom from Mike talks about how he had to grow up very quickly to overcome an extremely turbulent upbringing. He found himself in the throes of depression, anxiety, and terrible self-esteem. That is until he found inspiration in the most unlikely of places…

April 20, 2016 4

Episode 5: Social Anxiety, Recovering from Sexual Abuse, and Migraine Hallucinations

Another awesome episode full of listener questions. Don’t forget to send in your questions to me on twitter ( or via email ( In this episode, I cover these really interesting questions:

1- What can I do about my social anxiety when I have to interact with important people?

2- Is there hope for me in recovering from my sexual abuse?

3- Should I worry about hallucinations that come along with my migraines?

April 13, 2016 0

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

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