The Reset by Sam Delaney
Noel McDermott has been a mental health professional for over 25 years. You may have heard me as a recent guest on his excellent Wellbeing Show. A regular commentator in the media on mental health matters, Noel has his own experiences of dealing with PTSD and addiction as a younger man. He was kind enough to share his inspiring life story with me for this week’s episode.
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110. Darian Leader41:33Are we all riddled with animalistic sexual urges that only society’s manners stop us from acting upon? Or is sex a bit more complicated and nuanced than that? These are the sort of questions Darian Leader tries to answer in his new book, Is It Ever Just Sex?It’s not often we’ve had the chance to discuss hanky-panky on The Reset but Darian has some brilliantly smart ideas on the subject that he explains with real clarity and humour.
109. Jules Evans47:30Jules Evans is a writer, historian and practical philosopher. His first book, ‘Philosophy For Life - And Other Dangerous Situations’ was a Times book of the year and was translated into numerous languages. It broke down some of the big ideas of ancient philosophy, in particular stoicisim, and showed how they could apply to everyday, modern life. It was extremely readable and very helpful to people all over the world. He’s a fascinating bloke and his personal story is incredible too. I was really pleased to welcome him onto the podcast and especially enjoyed this chat.Find out more about Jules and his work here
108. Jordan Paterson45:28Jordan Patterson is an addiction counsellor grew up with an alcoholic dad who collected him from school drunk. He knows about the pain and insecurity felt by the people who surround addicts. Now he helps them via the family therapy programme he runs at rehab centre, The Cabin in Thailand.His story is raw, honest and painful but his insights are really helpful to anyone who is living with an addict in their life.For free support visithttps://al-anonuk.org.uk/For more about Jordan’s work visit The Cabin’s website here
107. Peter Wharmby44:14Peter Wharmby was 34 when he got diagnosed as autistic. Suddenly, big aspects of his life finally started making sense: including his struggles with mental health.While autism isn’t an illness, it presents challenges that often damage your mental health. In his bestselling book, Untypical, Peter paints a vivid picture of how being neurodivergent impacts his life.Peter was a great guest and really challenged so many of the common stereotypes about autism.
106. Daan Heerma Van Voss44:12When doctors tested award winning novelist Daan Heerman Van Voss for stress hormones, they found a record breaking level in his bloodstream. This effectively made him the most anxious man in the world. He’d had enough of living with constant worry and decided to deep dive the problem. The result is his first non fiction book, The Anxiety Project, in which he investigates the roots of his condition, the social and economic factors that contribute and the possible ways out.It’s a brilliant book and I was delighted to discuss it with him on this week’s pod.
105. Barrie Rice47:11Barrie ‘Baz’ Rice was a veteran of New Zealand’s SAS before joining the world of the private security contracter. In 2004, his firm - Blackwater - became famous around the world when two of its operatives were hijacked and murdered in Iraq. What followed was a brutal and bloody conflict in post-war Iraq between security firms and insurgents. Barrie was caught in the middle of a fight that nearly cost him his life and his sanity.Buy his book - We Were Blackwater - here
104. Katerina Georgiou49:15Katy Georgiou is a practising psychotherapist and host of the excellent music and mental health podcast Sound Affects. How does music impact our moods and our minds? Is there really a connection between hedonism and creativity? And how can music help us in our darkest hours? I loved discussing all of this and more with Katy.
103. Congressman Adam Smith40:01Congressman Adam Smith seemed to have everything sorted: a high-flying political career plus a loving wife and kids. Then, in his forties - seemingly without any warning - his body and mind broke. Chronic pain and crippling anxiety almost incapiciated him completely. He joined me to explain how this crisis led him to seek help, open his mind to therapy and become a stronger, happier man in his fifties.Buy Adam’s book - Lost And Broken - My Journey Back From Chronic Pain And Crippling Anxiety - here