18 episodes

This is the podcast for anyone who feels out of synch. Journalist and Author Nell Frizzell talks to some of her favourite people about The Panic Years - the period between carelessness and matching crockery, between your friends passing out on the dancefloor and those same people becoming parents; The time when we all start wondering when did everything got so serious? It talks about the big stuff, in a way that will make you feel better.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 180 Ratings

This is the podcast for anyone who feels out of synch. Journalist and Author Nell Frizzell talks to some of her favourite people about The Panic Years - the period between carelessness and matching crockery, between your friends passing out on the dancefloor and those same people becoming parents; The time when we all start wondering when did everything got so serious? It talks about the big stuff, in a way that will make you feel better.

    This Is An Emergency. With Laura Dockrill

    This Is An Emergency. With Laura Dockrill

    This week I spoke to the children’s author, illustrator and writer Laura Dockrill. Her book, What Have I Done covers her experience of post-partum psychosis, feeling suicidal and, eventually, getting well. We discuss all of these things in the episode so it carriesa trigger warning: mentions of suicide, psychosis and mental illness.

    You can follow Laura on Twitterat @LauraDockrill https://twitter.com/LauraDockrillon Instagram at @lauraleedockrill https://www.instagram.com/lauraleedockrill/?hl=en.You can buy her book, What Have I Done here https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1117973/what-have-i-done-/9781529110210.html#:~:text=This%20heart%2Dbreaking%20and%20uplifting,and%20Laura%20started%20to%20struggle.



    I also interviewed NHS psychiatrist and mental health campaigner Dr Benjamin Janaway about how someone gets admitted to a psychiatric hospital and what treatment they may receive. You can follow him on Twitter at @drjanaway https://twitter.com/drjanaway.

    • 49 min
    One Plus One Equals Three. With Tiffany Stevenson.

    One Plus One Equals Three. With Tiffany Stevenson.

    This week I spoke to the comedian and actor, Tiffany Stevenson about work, love and being a stepmother. Youcan follow Tiffany on Twitter at @TiffanyStevenson https://twitter.com/tiffstevensonand on Instagram at @tiffstevensoncomic https://www.instagram.com/tiffstevensoncomic/?hl=en


    I also interviewed the psychologist and founder of Happy Steps, Lisa Doodson. You can find out more about Lisa’s work at the Happy Steps website https://happysteps.co.uk/and follow her on Instagram at @happysteps_drlisa https://www.instagram.com/happysteps_drlisa/?hl=en.You can also buy her book How To Be A Happy Stepmum https://happysteps.co.uk/stepfamily-books-1

    • 45 min
    Should I have sex or visit my Mum? With Rose Stokes.

    Should I have sex or visit my Mum? With Rose Stokes.

    This week I spoke to the writer and events doyenne, Rose Stokes about love, lockdown, self-esteem and bad break ups.

    You can follow Rose on Twitterat @RoseStokes https://twitter.com/RoseStokes and on Instagram at @rosestokes https://www.instagram.com/rosestokes/?hl=en


    I also interviewed the relationship counsellor Simone Bose. You can follow Simone on Twitter at @simoneboseuk https://twitter.com/simoneboseukand visit her website at https://www.simonebose.com/


    Youcan also find out more about Relate at https://www.relate.org.uk/

    • 51 min
    I worried I might be a failure. With Caspar Salmon.

    I worried I might be a failure. With Caspar Salmon.

    This week Nell spoke to Journalist, Film Critic and writer, Caspar Salmon. Caspar spoke to Nell about changing careers, self belief, coming out and representation in the media. Caspar's website is: https://casparsalmon.com/Twitter:https://twitter.com/CasparSalmon Nell also spoke to Clinical Psychologist Dr Sophie Mort, who unpicked some of the difficulties we have with change and the jigsaw puzzle of our identity. Dr Soph's website is: https://drsoph.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_drsoph/Details of Dr Soph's book : https://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/A-Manual-for-Being-Human/Dr-Sophie-Mort/9781471197468

    • 50 min
    The Act Of Being Fine. With Katie Wix.

    The Act Of Being Fine. With Katie Wix.

    This week I spoke to the comedian, actor, writer and star of Ghosts and Stath Lets Flats, Katy Wix. 
    Katy has just published a phenomenal memoir called Delicacy which, as she puts it, is all about cake and death. It’s funny and wry and brutal and sad. In the book, Katy covers quite a bit of her panic years, from the crap jobs to the unhappy sex, moving to London, ambition and friendship so it was a pleasure to speak to her in more depth.

    You can follow Katy on Twitter at @WixKaty https://twitter.com/WixKaty and on Instagram at really_katywix https://www.instagram.com/really_katywix/?hl=en


    I also interviewed the Tom Quinn from the UK eating disorder charity Beat about disordered eating, body dysmorphia and what help is available in the UK today.

    You can follow Beat on Twitter at @beatED https://twitter.com/beatED or visit their website at https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/ They have a helpline at 0808 801 0677

    • 43 min
    I think they've lost it. With Miranda Ward.

    I think they've lost it. With Miranda Ward.

    This week I spoke to the writer, Miranda Ward. Miranda's book Adrift: Field Notes From Early Motherhood covers the five years Miranda spent trying to get, and stay, pregnant. It's a funny, poignant, clever and thoughtful book, which tackles the seldom discussed topic of "almost motherhood." Find Miranda on Twitter at @MirandaWardC https://twitter.com/MirandaWardCand on Instagram at @mirandawardc https://www.instagram.com/mirandawardc/?hl=en-gb.You can buy her book at Bookshog.org https://uk.bookshop.org/books/adrift-fieldnotes-from-almost-motherhood/9781474614153and in shops now.

    I also spoke to the brilliant midwife Sophie from Tommy’s - a charity that researches into miscarriage, premature birth & stillbirth and provide free pregnancy health information to parents-to-be.Follow Tommy’s on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tommys.Visit their website at Tommys.org https://www.tommys.org/ and you might find this page on supporting someone who’s had a miscarriage particularly useful:https://www.tommys.org/baby-loss-support/miscarriage-information-and-support/support-after-miscarriage/supporting-someone-who-has-had-miscarriage

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
180 Ratings

180 Ratings

The Suppersmith ,

Soothing and thought-provoking

I can’t listen to anything else at the moment.

podegg ,

Soothing for the soul

Loved the book and love the pod! Very soothing listen on a Sunday eve.

Helen StQ ,

Wanted to love this

Love the concept of panic years and enjoyed Daisy Buchanan episode. But overall it’s much less about navigating that weird liminal time in your late twenties and much more people talking about parenthood - like that’s really the only destination we’re all headed for.

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