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

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

The audiobook is performed and recorded by me, so you get every intended inflection!

©2014 Robert Duff (P)2014 Robert Duff

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not too shabby

What's with the clicking sound during the meditation? Otherwise the rest of the book is really good!

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It's ok. But not awesome.

I like the author who's also the reader. I think this book is geared towards the younger generation. I bought the book because of the title but I was expecting a little bit more than I got. I think it's a great read if this is the first time you are reading about anxiety.

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Horrible

Wish I had not wasted my money! Don't bother with this!!! Not helpful. BLEH.

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Waste of time

Although the author does a very good job of narrating his book and his ideas and it was entertaining to listen to the subject matter is pointless and I got absolutely nothing from this. I would not recommend this to anyone

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I Am Not Offended By Offensive Language...

when it is used with effect, but this is gratuitous and stupid. The author tries to make up for the very ordinary approach to anxiety treatment (nothing new here) with "talking like a normal person" ("normal" if you use empty vulgarity every other word) and trying to seem hip and cool and identifiable. (The tone pretty much runs like this: "You don't need some egghead telling you about those fancy neurotransmitters when I can make it seem much more relatable by referring to your brain as a "douche."--Please!) It's not so much anxiety as the reader here that ends up feeling....well,,,

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I LOVE THIS BOOK!

Anxiety SUCKS and I have been struggling with it for years. I am 25 and Im a single mom of a 1 1/2 year old; I don't have time for panic attacks! This book gave me more confidence and made me feel less like a freak. I'm always embarrassed about my anxiety and it always happens randomly - there's no "real" trigger... just being around people freaks me out.

Anyways, I am so happy I found this book. Definitely gives great advice and information. I highly suggest reading/listening to this... I personally prefer listening :)

THANK YOU ROBERT DUFF! YOU ROCK!

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Reads more like a business card

Had good expectations for this. It’s funny and a few nice lines here and there, but overall there’s no substance here. Sorry. I might look into the dr’s other stuff. But I was hoping for more here.

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Liked the book until he diminished OCPD

I generally liked his take on self help but I think he may lack some experience in actually dealing with patients.
He started diminishing OCPD by saying that it's just someone who is "finicky" where as OCD is different and is a serious disorder that is a legitimate cause of anxiety.
Coming from someone who has suffered from OCPD for decades, I can tell you the anxiety that arises from someone moving things around in your room, or from being super late to finish a task or email because it's not "right" yet, is very real and debilitating sometimes. To the point where I need to take an Ativan to stop obsessing over my thoughts. OCPD is as real as a disorder as OCD, they are just different from each other. At least he got that right.

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Like author's every day average Joe style

I like the authors general use of language, not a bunch of garbage terms no one but professionals would understand.

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Tired of the same old Bullshit? DUFF IS THE BEST!!!

I understand that we all struggle with our own things. For myself, Duff made since, kept me interested, not bored, left skipping to the next chapter to see if that would be more about me, I think I related to every chapter in one way or another. I am also stoked to...”Do the work!!!” I would be scheduling an appointment with Robert. Because I have shopped around and the big problem is that I always get a different diagnosis!! Makes it kinda hard not to try to self diagnose. But I’m not gonna do that . Wish me luck! And to all of you, suffering from and anxiety disorder and are looking for something more... this is it!!! Thanks Robert!!!

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  • Tania Holman
  • 04-18-17

Don't really rate this.

The narrator / authors delivery was good and the start of this book made me giggle a bit but from there it just got a bit boring. I don't know what I was expecting, I guess a book to drag me out the anxiety I've been feeling.. And to maybe pull me out of it a bit. But it didn't meet my expectations and it let me feeling a bit low. Wouldn't recommend this book. It doesn't even tell you anything you don't already know. Much better books out there. Shame.

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  • Kim
  • 11-29-15

Not for someone over 30 years old

Would you try another book written by Robert Duff or narrated by Robert Duff?

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Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Duff again?

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What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that I used one of my Audible credits to listen to swearing and slang that was too "young minded" for my 54 year old brain. There was a bit of good information here but it wasn't presented in a way that I could relate to.

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  • Ash Banks
  • 01-18-19

Useful!

A short, sweet, and engaging book with a lot of basics and plenty of links for further work. A starting point more than a comprehensive tome on the subject, but as dealing with anxiety requires personal action rather than theory, this seems to me a useful way to get the ball rolling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-19

Fantastic

Absolutely loved this book, its just what I needed. Covers all the areas in a lighthearted way! Would recommend!

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  • Lotte Jensen
  • 12-11-18

AMAZING

I am only 10 years old and I have anxiety this book has really helped deal with that and I hope more of your books will be out in the future👍🏻

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-18

excellent

excellent e book very down to earth and straight talking.very helpfully and looking forward to trying some of the tips.

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  • schima
  • 11-23-18

Lighthearted easy to read/listen to

Light hearted with humour. No vulgar of offensive swearing. No heavy scientific theory. Lots of tools and resources available from Author. No real in-depth analysis but many real world analogies. A very easy read/listen. Leaves you feeling positive and that you can manage.

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  • Grindon
  • 10-07-18

great book

really enjoyed listening to this book. found it very informative and interesting. covers a range of self help, and ways to overcome anxiety.

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  • Amy
  • 08-13-18

Useful but could be more useful

Could do with some more helpful tips for managing anxiety. Great tip about breathing for anxiety though.

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  • Martin Koss
  • 04-17-18

Exactly what I need

Not many - in fact, not enough, trained mental health experts talk to a sufferer the way the sufferer will sit up, pay attention and truly believe that they can make it through this poop they live with. I really appreciate your approach Robert and I am about to listen to your book about Depression.

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  • Joe Krizan
  • 05-21-16

Enjoyable.

In terms of anxiety management information I don't think there is much that is new or particularly groundbreaking here, however, the standout feature is the delivery. The content is delivered with enthusiasm, humour and sincerity. Although the authors style certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea, it resonated with me, I felt it was fresh and even inspiring...it felt like a conversion with a good friend. For me, this is a keeper and an audio book that I will revisit again.

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  • FriesB4Guys
  • 09-20-15

Funny and entertaining read about a boring subject

We're all totally bored about our anxiety right? This book makes it interesting and you feel ok about your condition. I recommend this book to anyone suffering from anxiety, or Frank as the author calls his. The narrator/author/Dr is easy to listen to, understands and normalises anxiety. I felt like I was part of wider community reading this book, instead of alone with the miserable physiological and psychological symptoms of anxiety. The simple breathing exercise has made a world of difference and I feel a lot better. I will listen to this again and again.

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  • Saia Namomo
  • 10-30-18

the selfhelp plus more

Great book very insightful filled with ideas and tools loved it. lets slay the dragon

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-18

Practical with a punch!

Loved! Great practical advice, but its like you're hearing it from a badass (educated) friend.
As someone who only started to experience anxiety as an adult(ish) after a rough friendship breakdown, I can honestly say this book helped me take back control over my irrational emotions and start to build a better relationship with my "asshole brain". HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for anyone needing a kick up the ass/pep talk to make some positive changes, and offers some practical solutions to unraveling the triggers to your anxiety. Thanks so much Duff the Psych!

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  • Justin S Leary
  • 09-08-18

Good information well delivered, but lacking depth

I have mixed feeling about this audio book. On the plus side its conversationalist style is easy to listen to and engaging. As well, some of the things covered are very useful, such as CBT, 4-7-8 breathing (pranayama relaxation breath), and the letter to write to someone who doesn't understand anxiety. But I found these topics were not given any depth, and as such are really just a primer on things to try to help deal with anxiety. The 4-7-8 breath for example, was 'dumbed down'. Suggest the listener search for "pranayama breathing" for more detailed information. I wanted the CBT section to go into more depth and practice as well.

Overall, it is a good book only to introduce the listener to some techniques for addressing anxiety, but it falls short due to a lack of depth in any area. But then, it is only an hour and a half in length, so I guess it did meet my expectations somewhat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-18

thank you from an equestrian and her horse

this is amazing! as a 19 year old equestrian show jumper, I get a lot of anxiety around my performance and even before the show, this book is amazing and has definitely been a massive help with insight into dealing with anxiety! on behalf of me and my horse, l would like to say a massive thank you for writing this book and putting it in a way that was relatable and much more down to earth than most other books!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-18

Direct, Sensitive and Funny

Dr Robert Duff has this uncanny ability to take what has usually been surrounded in mystery, fear and shame and turn it into something informative, empowering and at times hilarious. I recommend this book to anyone - whether you are having mental health struggles of your own, or maybe you care about someone who is living this truth. 10/10 you will reach a new perspective listening to this series.

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  • JOHN W
  • 10-01-17

Self Help with no BS

Robert Duff does a great job of cutting through the self help anxiety BS and provides some quick and simple strategies for dealing with anxiety. I recommend this to anyone looking for some practical tips to long term sufferers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-17

Anxiety is my bitch! funny guy.

Finished in one sitting. i love that he gets that some therapists suck! great listen.