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Thanks so much for visiting! Here you’ll find what I’m about, and some of the resources and services that are available to you.

Just a quick note to let you know, everything on this site is for informational use only, and is not intended as professional help. If you are having a mental health crisis, please call 911 or take a look at some mental health emergency resources here.


About Dr. Duff

My name is Dr. Robert Duff. I’m a psychologist from Southern California and I think that the field of mental health has a big problem. It is scary and intimidating. Why? When you are already struggling with emotional difficulties, the last thing that you need is some huge psychobabble manual thrown at you. My specialty is taking complex psychological issues and breaking them down into plain language.

The Books

HSH Anxiety Cover (Shadow)

Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety is for those of us that find the prospect of reading a traditional self help book to be way too boring. How are you supposed to make positive change in your life if the book itself feels like a chore? This book is definitely not a chore.

In Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety, I talk to you like a friend. There is a lot of swearing and humor along with loads of helpful and actionable information. You learn about anxiety and how to find the weapons within yourself to slay it for good.

HSH Depression Cover (Shadow)

Hardcore Self Help: F**k Depression is the follow up to the best-selling F**K Anxiety. In this book I take the information, tips, and insights that I have gained as a psychologist and translate them into language that doesn’t suck. This is the self-help book for people that don’t usually like self-help books.

In Hardcore Self Help: F**K Depression, I tell you why your brain is such a troll. I explain why you have literally no energy or motivation. Best of all, I tell you how to take realistic steps toward solving these and many other issues caused by depression.

The Podcast

Hardcore Self Help Podcast
The Hardcore Self Help podcast is a weekly podcast dedicated to answering your questions about mental health, anxiety, depression, relationships, sex, and life WITHOUT psychobabble BS.

Recent Podcasts

Episode 127: Duff the Wife Back Again!

September 20, 2018

Episode 126: Anxiety Exhaustion, Explosive Anger, Mending a Relationship

September 13, 2018

Episode 125: Too Broke for Therapy, Anxiety Meds Don’t Work, Pressure to Have Kids

September 6, 2018

Episode 124: Gender Dysphoria and Sex, Increasing Klonopin Dose, Options to Keep Living

August 30, 2018

Episode 123: Porn and Depression, Panic Disorder, Fleeting Suicidal Thoughts

August 23, 2018

Popular Blog Posts

Here are a few of my most popular blog posts on Duff the Psych. You can see my whole blog here.

This GIF Can Stop Your Anxiety Part 2

July 9, 2016

How To Explain Depression | A Letter

January 10, 2016

How To Explain Anxiety | A Letter

July 5, 2015

This GIF Can Stop Your Anxiety

February 5, 2015

Subscribe for Free Stuff

10 Common Thinking Traps Free Ebook

Get your FREE ebook on 10 Common Thinking Traps, 20 pages full of ways that your brain likes to trip you up – and real solutions on how you can tell those unhelpful thoughts to f*ck off. All you have to do to receive your free ebook is sign up for my mailing list! That’s it – from there, you’ll be taken to a page full of free resources made just for you.


Subscribe today and you'll be on your way to battling those pesky thinking traps for good!

The Cost of Complication

In January of 2017, I did a TEDx talk on my personal experience with mental illness, and how a near tragedy in my family led me to write my books and build the Duff the Psych brand. If you want to know more about my personal life and how it has affected what I do professionally, check it out on YouTube.