16 episodes

Comedian Jen Kirkman who has had life-long Panic and Generalized Anxiety Disorder brings her life-lessons, humor, and hope to a show that’s about normalizing having anxiety so that we go from whispering dramatically, “I have anxiety” to saying out loud with a shrug, “Yeah, I have anxiety.” Jen will interview experts with anxiety be they PhD’s, creatives, or spiritual gurus for advice on how to self-diagnose, begin to treat, and how to live easily with everyday anxiety and panic – and at the very least – giving an interesting, relatable, calming listen. 

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 493 Ratings

Comedian Jen Kirkman who has had life-long Panic and Generalized Anxiety Disorder brings her life-lessons, humor, and hope to a show that’s about normalizing having anxiety so that we go from whispering dramatically, “I have anxiety” to saying out loud with a shrug, “Yeah, I have anxiety.” Jen will interview experts with anxiety be they PhD’s, creatives, or spiritual gurus for advice on how to self-diagnose, begin to treat, and how to live easily with everyday anxiety and panic – and at the very least – giving an interesting, relatable, calming listen. 

    Depresh Mode

    Depresh Mode

    Jen talks to writer and radio personality John Moe about his depression and why he doesn't always feel the need to label his feelings as either depression or anxiety anymore. They talk about his childhood and how he's learning to reframe his upbringing and use his therapy tools to identify moments of cognitive distortion. John also talks about why he started his podcast Depresh Mode - what is it that compels him to help others by bringing conversations about mental health to light.
    To get John's book "The Hilarious World of Depression" and for all things John Moe go to: https://www.johnmoe.website/bio
    For more information on Jen Kirkman, the host of Anxiety Bites, please go here: https://jenkirkman.bio.link
    Anxiety Bites is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and co-produced by Dylan Fagan and JJ Posway.
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 56 min
    Make Time For Niksen

    Make Time For Niksen

    Jen talks to writer and journalist Olga Mecking about her wildly popular book Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing.
    They talk about how doing nothing is different than mindfulness and meditation and that to do nothing has to have no goal - even though science shows that taking time to do nothing vastly improves our nervous system and creativity.
    For more information on Olga Mecking and her work go here: http://www.olgamecking.com
    For more information on Jen Kirkman, the host of Anxiety Bites, please go here: https://jenkirkman.bio.link
    Anxiety Bites is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and co-produced by Dylan Fagan and JJ Posway.
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 55 min
    Befriend Your Beast

    Befriend Your Beast

    Jen talks to best-selling author and philanthropist Sarah Wilson about her memoir about anxiety, 'First, We Make the Beast Beautiful.'
    Sarah tells Jen that even the Dalai Lama told her he can't stop the chatter in his head, Charles Darwin had panic attacks, and how being playful, experimental, and curious in approaching our anxiety work is key.
    To get Sarah's latest book 'This One Wild and Precious Life' about hope and a path forward in a fractured world during climate change go to her website - where you'll also find info on all of her best-selling books, her blog, information on her speaking engagements and more at: https://www.sarahwilson.com
    For more information on Jen Kirkman, the host of Anxiety Bites, please go here: https://jenkirkman.bio.link
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 49 min
    Lizard Brain Isn't a Thing

    Lizard Brain Isn't a Thing

    Jen talks to neuroscientist and psychologist Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett about her latest book, '7 1/2 Lessons About the Brain.'
    Dr. Barrett breaks down what is happening in the moments before a panic attack, and the mythology that won't die about humans having a lizard part of their brain that runs entirely on instinct and is the source of our emotions.
    Dr. Barrett explains how our brain functions and believes that the more we know about our brain the more we can understand why and when uncomfortable feelings might arise.
    For more information on Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett's work or to purchase her books go here: https://lisafeldmanbarrett.com
    For more information on Jen Kirkman, the host of Anxiety Bites, please go here: jenkirkman.bio.link
    Anxiety Bites is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and co-produced by Dylan Fagan and JJ Posway.
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Little Panic

    Little Panic

    Jen talks to author Amanda Stern about her memoir, 'Little Panic.'
    They bond over having panic attacks as kids and talk about how using anxious coping mechanisms throughout childhood can affect our relationships later in life.
    To get Amanda's books or subscribe to her free mental health newsletter, "How To Live" go here: Amandastern.bulletin.com
    For more information on Jen Kirkman, the host of Anxiety Bites, please go here: jenkirkman.bio.link
    Anxiety Bites is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and co-produced by Dylan Fagan and JJ Posway.
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Trauma & Resilience

    Trauma & Resilience

    Jen talks to PhD George Bonanno, about what counts as trauma and what is just chronic stress. How a PTSD diagnosis is determined. His research on the resiliency of humans and why he doesn't believe that America is facing a mental health crisis. Professor Bonanno heads up the "Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab" at Teachers College, Columbia University and is the author of the new book 'The End of Trauma: How the New Science of Resilience Is Changing How We Think About PTSD.'
    To get George Bonanno's book go here: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/56643994-the-end-of-trauma
    and for more information on Professor Bonanno's work visit his website: https://www.tc.columbia.edu/faculty/gab38/
    For more information on Jen Kirkman, the host of Anxiety Bites, please go here: jenkirkman.bio.link
    Anxiety Bites is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and co-produced by Dylan Fagan and JJ Posway.
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
493 Ratings

493 Ratings

Milamika123 ,

An important podcast

This podcast hits home and is so useful. Jen is very knowledgeable and has amazing guests. So grateful for this podcast and opening up the discussion of mental health, particularly anxiety.

RA from Nebraska ,

Love

I found this on a whim one day. I love the humor, I love how honest and vulnerable she is and how informative her guests are. I can relate to so much and it shifts my focus, even if it’s just for the episode. When my level of anxiety reaches a point that it is overwhelming, I lay down and put an episode on until I fall asleep. I usually re-listen where I remember leaving off if I do fall asleep mid episode. Highly recommend!!

Michael From Mountains ,

Anxiety Bites keeps a timely subject accessible.

I believe just about everyone is dealing with some level of anxiety in these times. This podcast is a candid approach to tackling the issues through informative discussions with knowledgable guests. And host Jen Kirkman’s curiosity and wit make it go down easy without getting lost in the weeds. Don’t miss it!

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