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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

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How are you supposed to make positive change in your life if the book itself feels like a chore?

I wrote Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety after tragedy almost hit my personal life. I wrote it for those of us that find the prospect of reading a traditional self help book to be way too boring.

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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.

The 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 270: The Problem with Mental Healthcare & Overlapping Diagnoses

September 17, 2021

Episode 269: Repressed Childhood Trauma and Long-Distance Relationship

September 10, 2021

Episode 268: My Lovely Wife Returns

September 3, 2021

Episode 267: Moving Forward From Trauma & Relationship Boundaries and Expectations

August 27, 2021

Episode 266: Developing Social Skills & Alternatives to Therapy

August 20, 2021

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Anxiety doesn’t have to limit you.

I’m not going to promise that I can show you how to never have anxiety again. But I CAN show you how to reduce your sensitivity to anxiety and limit the impact that it has on your life. To me kicking anxiety’s ass means getting the knowledge, skills, and habits that you need to quiet the voice of anxiety whispering (or screaming) in your ear.


Subscribe today and you'll be on your way to kicking anxiety's ass for good!

Popular Blog Posts

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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

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.