• Hardcore Self Help: F**k Depression

  • By: Robert Duff
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  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (805 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 who don't usually like self-help books.

In Hardcore Self Help: F**K Depression, I talk to you like a friend. That means I speak directly to you, without psychobabble. Instead I tell you why your brain is such a troll. I explain why you have literally no energy or motivation. I tell you why people are so terrible at offering help. Best of all, I tell you how to take realistic steps toward solving these and many other issues caused by depression.

©2016 Robert Duff (P)2016 Robert Duff

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beginner level help

I've been struggling more than half my life with depression and anxiety (at least 18 years) and feel my experience is past this book. Would be an excellent source for someone beginning their discovery into self help for depression.

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eh

the narration was forced. you can tell he was reading. the jokes were not good. the overall learning was sort of helpful but by the end I just wanted the book to finish.

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good info pertaining to depression.

this book is not an adults book as much as it is a teens book.

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He does a really great job.

What did you love best about Hardcore Self Help: F**k Depression?

This book is very straightforward. It has no annoying euphemisms. It's a book about depression that actually communicates it's ideas in a form palatable to cynical minds. Very well read by the author, it doesn't even sound like a reading most of the time. The information is honest, useful and even motivating. The author spends a deal of time trying to connect with the listener, and it goes a little ways toward breaking down some walls you may have about these kinds of books. I generally find self help books unbearably disingenuous or unrealistically optimistic. I didn't get any of that from this. If you are dealing with depression this is worth a listen.

What about Robert Duff’s performance did you like?

Guy knocked it out of the park. Could have been in the room with me giving some honest advice.

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The 'Hardcore' title is a bit extreme, at first glance of the title you may get the idea that the book is attempting to be edgy, but that's not really the case at all. I would only consider it hardcore in comparison to other, more 'flowery' self help books. There is some language the incredibly innocent might find offensive, but really nothing bad to most people, probably.

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Decent but difficult to recommend

The author tries desperately to appeal to a younger generation by using terms such as "Swag" and "Turnt" going as far to use swear words in just about every other sentence. If you can get past those things there is some good information here my favorite being the "Depression Letter" and the chapter on "Gamification" as it applies to self help. (Both having free resources available on the authors website which is also great)

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extremely helpful!

I found this book to be extremely helpful! it was more insightful than most therapy sessions that I've gone to. Plus, it was like having 10 therapy sessions for less than the price of one! if you are struggling with depression on any level and trying to make positive changes, I highly recommend reading this!

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  • 06-01-18

A rung in the ladder necessary to escape

I recommend this book highly for individuals struggling with low self-esteem, general malaise, or full-blown depression. I have only just finished the book so have not perfected some of the skills recommended by Dr Duff. Consequently I am still so deeply mired in the inexorable muck of hopelessness, self-loathing, and paralysis that I don't really have the energy to say much more. Read the book - - it helps.

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Good resource for the emotional toolbox

a nice refreshing way to look at working with depression. I appreciated the down-to-earth approach to a daunting problem

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Okay

As I listened to the book it made me more depressed. It took me two days to listen to the book but it just seemed to drag me down and become more depressed than I originally was. This book was a prescription for self help since my parents don’t believe and depression and won’t allow me to get actual help. I just consumed myself wail listing. Towards the end I just wanted the book to end. But mainly I think it was because of the way I was feeling.

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A good overview of depression and treatments.

If you're looking for some ground breaking, new method for treating depression, this book is not it. It is, however a good introduction to the world of depression and the most popular ways of treating it. A lot of the information was not new to me but having used of the methods discussed in the book, I do think that they can be useful and helpful to people that have not gone to therapy or are just learning about the topic.

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  • RC
  • 07-17-19

Essential reading for everyone!

This book is essential reading for everyone, even those who don't have depression. This book is a real world description, advice and support for everyone living with depression and a brilliant explanation of what's going on for those who live with someone, know someone or want to understand more about people with depression.

I typically purchase books based on the length (better value?). This is perhaps the shortest, yet most valuable book I own.

The audiobook is brilliantly simple to follow (it was like someone speaking to me in my own voice), but don't underestimate how hard hitting the content is. I've listed to it three times now and it's undoubtably helped me understand what I was going through and identify the differences as I started to come out of it..

Cannot recommend this book highly enough. I'm now reading the Anxiety book and working my way through the podcasts - again, highly recommended.

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  • Ian
  • 09-19-16

You'll benefit from this

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is such a good listen. You'll take so much away from it, yes it didn't fix me straight away but I had lots of armour to help me with my battle.

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  • Thomas Kingo
  • 09-19-16

Slaying the Dragon

If you or a significant other suffers from depression you should find this book useful - I did :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-18

Straight to the point

Robert tells it as it is and suggests some very obvious coping mechanisms that might be so obvious if you are in the thick of it. I thought the last 1/4 was weaker but that’s only because I didn’t need to hear that bit. Overall though a thoroughly recommended book if either you or someone you know is suffering from this crippling condition. Robert - you definitely helped.

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  • Paul
  • 10-20-17

Great book and great help

ive been diagnosed with PTSD and depression and thanks to Robert am now armed with the weapons to fight these afflictions. Cheers Robert for your no bulls*$t approach to dealing with depression.

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  • Jordan sadler
  • 08-08-20

Helped me with a break up

I have had a pretty bad breakup with someone who has destroyed me as a person and caused me to come down with depression.
Listening to this has helped me come to terms with what has happened and has helped me come to terms with my depression.
It has helped me to label what it is and to own it and move forward with it.

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  • Alexander Orlov
  • 02-02-17

Strong. Obligatory .Superb (SOS)

SOS - its a good source to identufy, to know and what to do with deppression. Hats of to author to show the things, how they are, without "Hollywood". 5🌟

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  • Lozz
  • 10-17-19

A great start

This book is really motivational without being annoying. it helps me to tackle my depression

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  • Boof
  • 09-25-19

Great audiobook!

Well written and narrated book. Made a whole lot of sense and helped a lot more than some of the drivel out there. Can not recommend enough 5*

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  • fortress
  • 11-30-16

Drags u deeper

SOS this book does not help way to much pointless talk about pointless things. I sunk after listening to this book. Spare yourself the listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-25-17

Because I don't have depression, right?

Gave me a totally different perspective on procrastination and guilt. The audible format was great as I couldn't skip sections or decide I didn't need it. It made me curious about the way I think and how it can defeat me.

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  • Hartley
  • 11-20-17

Not just for mental health newbies

I've been seeing psychologist fot 6 years for my depression and this book still had heaps of great advice for me. Definitely recomend!!!!! Actually, I plan to read it again!!!

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  • Emanuel
  • 08-05-17

Simple, effective support for depression

This book is for the people that have been searching for solutions yet haven't found their holy grail yet

This book is for people who feel like their only options are seeking professional help and may not be ready to take that plunge

This book is for people that want some simple, easy to understand, prac

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  • Richard
  • 01-19-17

Awesomeness

This book helped. For the first time in a very long time I get it. The book explained me to me in a language I understand. This should be compulsory in schools.

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  • Robyn
  • 03-11-21

Good Listen

Enjoyed listening to this audio book. Had some good tips and I liked the no-nonsense conversational approach. I will be getting his other book on anxiety as well after listening to this one.

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  • Sean
  • 03-06-20

I think this book might be irresponsible.

If you are struggling with depression, please talk to your doctor, I know this book says that and I know that the discussion around suicide is not great but some portion of the people reading this book are definitely in a vulnerable state as I was when I read it and throwing them headlong into a discussion about suicide is a terrible idea. If you are feeling depressed, please talk to a medical professional and if you feel you might be vulnerable most definitely DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-21-22

Great book. Novel and useful!

Highly recommended. Interesting, informative AND practical. It kept me engaged throughout and helped me talk to friends and family.

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  • Philip Halton
  • 07-28-22

It’s a great book

I really enjoyed listening to this book it has help find a couple more ways to manage my depression.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-21

I liked the book

easy to listen to....no nonsense approach, and it didn't drag on ... got alot from it....

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  • Kelsie
  • 03-03-21

A must read

This book provides great insight and practical steps for combatting depression. It is non judgemental, contains great references and is performed to engage and entertain.