Anxiety Bites

Anxiety Bites

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.


August 17, 2022 66 mins

Jen talks to clinical psychologist, Dr. Julie Smith about her best-selling new book "Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?" It's the ultimate guide to life for anyone - anxious or not.

Jen and Julie talk about self-esteem, making mistakes, motivation, forgiving ourselves, and how it's been for Julie to be such a public figure on her popular and informative Tik Tok account.

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The episode about ADHD got a huge amount of feedback from people who felt like they identified.

Jen is doing a solo episode to talk more about what she's learned this year about ADHD symptoms like talking too much, being reactive, hyperfocus, not going to bed on time, and Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria.

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August 3, 2022 55 mins

Jen talks to Dr. Sharon Orrange, MD about how anxiety shows up in the elderly and what adult children can do about it without being bossy as well as how anxiety symptoms in the elderly are different than in younger adults.

Dr. Sharon Orrange, MD specializes in Internal Medicine and is an Associate Professor in Medicine at Keck Medicine USC.

To read Sharon's article about anxiety in elderly patients go here:

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July 27, 2022 69 mins

Jen talks to Liz Fosslien co-author and illustrator of the national best-seller Big Feelings and the Wall Street Journal best-seller No Hard Feelings and an expert on how to make work better.

Jen and Liz really drill down into what it means to "sit with uncertainty" and how to notice the early signs of Burnout.

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July 20, 2022 68 mins

Jen talks to acclaimed Professor of Neural Science, Joseph LeDoux about how memory shapes our emotions, the limitations of anxiety medication, why people are not getting it right when they call the amygdala the "fear center", and Joseph talks about his band The Amygdaloids.

Joseph LeDoux has been working on the link between emotion, memory, and the brain since the 1990s. He's credited with putting the amygdala in the spotlight and...

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July 13, 2022 68 mins

Jen talks to psychiatrist Ken Howard - founder of Gay Therapy LA about his thirty years in working with gay men and their mental health.

Ken talks about how to cope with "birthday anxiety", and he illuminates the different therapy approaches he uses with patients from working on trauma, or using a positive psychology coaching approach, or some good old fashioned cognitive behavioral therapy around anxiety in all stages of life.


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July 6, 2022 70 mins

Jen talks to Jason Kander, President of the National Expansion at Veterans Community Project. Jason's new memoir is out now, "Invisible Storm: A Soldier's Memoir of Politics and PTSD."

100% of Jason's royalties from the book goes to fighten vetern suicide and homelessness through the Veterans Community Project.

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June 29, 2022 65 mins

In the second part of the Vagus Nerve series, Jen talks to Deb Dana, LCSW, author & and one of the founders of the Polyvagal Institute about how everyone - even people without anxiety, need to learn how to regulate their nervous systems for better relationships in all area of life, what is polyvagal theory and how it plays into our daily life, and why certain people annoy us.

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June 22, 2022 57 mins

Jen talks to Dr. Navaz Habib about the importance of "activating" the Vagus Nerve to bring down anxiety, inflammation, brain fog, and more - and how most adults aren't breathing correctly.

For more information about Dr. Habib's book, "Activate Your Vagus Nerve: Unleash Your Body's Natural Ability To Heal" go here:

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June 15, 2022 89 mins

Jen talks to journalist and author, Judith Hoare, about her biography of panic attack pioneer Dr. Claire Weekes: "The Woman Who Cracked The Anxiety Code: The Extraordinary Life of Claire Weekes".

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June 8, 2022 56 mins

Jen talks to Dr. Stephanie Faubion, M.D., M.B.A, author of "The Menopause Solution" and Penny and Bill George Director for Mayo Clinic's Center for Women's Health and medical director for The North American Menopause Society - about how anxiety, stress & worry can spike during the 7-10 year perimenopause period and what to do about it.

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June 1, 2022 85 mins

Jen talks to Alison Seponara about how to build an "anxiety tool kit", good distractions, and Jen gets a mini therapy session about her resistance to making a vision board.

Alison Seponara, MS, LPC is a licensed therapist, author, podcast host, anxiety educator, and holistic healer. Along with her private practice, Alison is the CEO of a health and wellness community on Instagram and is known as The Anxiety Healer (@theanxietyheal...

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May 25, 2022 65 mins

Jen talks to Judy Gold about growing up with undiagnosed anxious parents, being an anxious mom, the anxiety that being gay and closeted as a teenager caused, the lingering anxieties from being bullied and how to handle bad days.

Judy Gold is a stand-up comedian, star of critically acclaimed one woman hit Off-Broadway show. She's the author of "Yes I Can Say That: When They Come For The Comedians We're All In Trouble" and host of t...

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May 18, 2022 61 mins

Jen talks to ADHD coach Kristen Carder about the 8 Executive Functions that people with ADHD struggle with, why ADHD-ers often get later in life diagnosis, and why you hate doing laundry.

To learn more about Kristen's workshops and her podcast "I Have ADHD" go to her website:

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May 11, 2022 67 mins

Jen talks to therapist and OCD specialist, Kimberley Quinlan about Exposure Therapy and Response Prevention (ERP) for intrusive thoughts, and how nothing you've ever thought could shock an OCD therapist.

For more information on Kimberley's online CBT School please visit:

To get Kimberley's book “The Self Compassion Workbook for OCD” go here:

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May 4, 2022 50 mins

Jen talks to therapist and author of "Toxic Positivity", Whitney Goodman. They talk about how positive thinking and believing that you can manifest things can bring a sense of control which causes more anxiety in people eventually and that the opposite of "positive thinking" is not "negative thinking."

For more information on Whitney Goodman - to get her book or follow her on social media go to her website:


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April 27, 2022 86 mins

Jen talks to Dr. Nina Vasan about how entrepreneurs can change future of anxiety recovery, the experience of "compassionate search" online, and the Biopsychosocial model for anxiety recovery.

Dr. Nina Vasan is the Chief Medical Officer of Real, a mental health care company building a new therapy model. Outside of her work at Real, she is a psychiatrist and professor at Stanford, where she is the Founder and Executive Director of B...

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April 20, 2022 72 mins

Jen talks to award-winning research psychologist, Michael Addis PhD, about his book "Invisible Men: Men's Inner Lives and the Consequences of Silence" as well as his personal and clinical experience with anxiety in men due to the epidemic of men being taught to stay silent about their feelings and vulnerabilities.

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April 13, 2022 73 mins

Jen talks to Dr. Robert Meisner, MD, the founding Medical Director of The McLean Ketamine Service about developments in Ketamine for Anxious Depression but how ultimately there is no miracle drug for anxiety and the goal is to get people well enough to see benefits from mindfulness practices for anxiety.

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April 6, 2022 62 mins

Jen talks to author, Sarah Fay, about her new book "Pathological: The True Story of Six Misdiagnoses" and why the DSM (The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) isn't always accurate.

Sarah Fay is an author and activist. Her writing has appeared in many publications, just to name a few, the New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Paris Review where she served as an advisory editor.

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