Episodes
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...
Published 01/12/22
Published 01/12/22
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...
Published 01/05/22
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...
Published 12/29/21
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...
Published 12/22/21
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...
Published 12/15/21
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...
Published 12/08/21
Jen talks to therapist, renowned grief expert, and author of 'Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief' Claire Bidwell Smith about how unexpressed grief can cause anxiety, how we cope with grieving while also living our lives, and why there is no such thing as closure. For more about Claire Bidwell Smith and her books and podcast go to: https://clairebidwellsmith.com For more information on host Jen Kirkman go to: https://jenkirkman.bio.link Anxiety Bites is distributed by the iHeartPodcast...
Published 12/01/21
Jen does a solo episode chronicling her history with having a phobia of air travel in honor of the release date of this episode, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving - usually the busiest travel day of the year. Jen talks about writing wills on airplanes, running to try to stop the pilot from a take-off, medication mishaps, and finally the recovery from fearful flyer to fearless flyer. The episode ends with a guided Progressive Muscle Relaxation from Jen.  For more information on Jen Kirkman -...
Published 11/24/21
Jen talks to clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Contarino Panning about her work with adolescents with anxiety. They also discuss the rise in anxiety among college students and how simple things like nature and building a life work well along with therapy in curbing anxiety. Dr. Panning also coined the term "Trump Anxiety Disorder" and was a contributer to the 2017 book: 'The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.' For more information...
Published 11/17/21
Jen talks to former ABC newsman and current podcast host of "Ten Percent Happier" Dan Harris about his famous panic attack on air on ABC news in 2004, how a Type-A workaholic went from embedded war reporting to becoming the host of a podcast about meditation, and how stress does not help us succeed. Watch Dan's famous panic attack on air here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qo4uPxhUzU Get Dan's books "10% Happier" and "Mediation For Fidgety Skeptics" here:...
Published 11/10/21
Jen talks to psychotherapist Dr. Luana Marques - president of the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, author of 'Almost Anxious' about how needing reassurance is a form of avoidance, how anxiety is a spectrum, and how to tell someone that you think they have anxiety. Dr. Luana Marques is President of the adaa.org, the author of “Almost Anxious” https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Almost-Anxious/Luana-Marques/The-Almost-Effect/9781616494476 and to read more about her work...
Published 11/03/21
Jen talks to the leading expert on anxiety disorders among Black Americans, Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett about some of the topics in her book 'Soothe Your Nerves' such as why the stereotype of a "strong black woman" causes anxiety, the myth that prayer alone should cure anxiety if your faith is strong enough, why joy and music are such an important part of anxiety recovery - and how she tells black women, just like how a hairdresser needs to know how to do black hair, an appropriate therapist...
Published 10/27/21
Jen talks to world renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg about why people are so resistant to being told to meditate. Sharon also breaks down the myth that meditation is about clearing your mind of thoughts - that wouldn't make any sense with her preferred practice, Mindfulness Meditaton. Sharon also tells her story of how meditaiton helps with her anxiety and her propensity towards catastrophic thinking. Sharon is a New York Times bestselling author of 11 books. Her latest is: "Real...
Published 10/20/21
Jen talks to retired actor, Lisa Jakub, who is now an author and mental wellness advocate. Jen finds a kindred spirit in Lisa as someone who gets super HAPPY talking about their panic attacks. Lisa tells all about what it was like to walk away from acting after having been in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day and walk into the unkonwn and eventually into a career where she helps others who have anxiety, panic, and even helps war veterans with PTSD. Show notes: Find Lisa Jakub at...
Published 10/13/21
Jen talks to NY Times Bestselling Author, MD, PhD, Dr. Jud Brewer and finds out how our fingers can help us during a panic attack, sometimes neuroscience puts out the fire of anxiety better than therapy, and why the hell haven't our brains evolved beyond thinking we're in danger when we're not? Dr. Jud's website: https://drjud.com Anxiety Bites is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and co-produced by Dylan Fagan and JJ Posway. Learn more about your ad-choices at...
Published 10/06/21
Comedian Jen Kirkman who has Panic and Generalized Anxiety Disorder brings her life-lessons, questions, humor & hope to a podcast that’s for talking honestly about our anxiety.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 09/29/21