New York, NY - Oct 6, 2021- Comedian, NY Times Bestselling author and podcaster Jen Kirkman who has had life-long Panic and Generalized Anxiety Disorder brings her life-lessons, humor, and hope to a new iHeartRadio Original podcast 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 esteemed experts about 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. “Anxiety Bites” debuts today on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.
Said Jen Kirkman, "I’m trying to bring attention to, normalize, and help people by talking about in an honest and even fun way all the types of anxiety - social, political, identity-related, agoraphobia, panic attacks, and situational anxiety, by having conversation with all kinds of experts from neuroscientists and psychiatrists to authors and artists."
Kirkman has had Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and a former Phobia of flying since she was eight years old. None of this was diagnosed so she didn’t get help or even know where to get help until she was twenty-two. "I lived with this and was totally confused my entire life in a pre-internet world. I always thought that young people today must have it so easy with knowing how to get help for anxiety because it’s a word you can just type into Google, but what I learned in my interactions with people online is that people don’t know where to start, or they’re afraid that they might have anxiety so badly that they can’t be helped."
During the lockdown of 2020 Kirman sent out anxiety help over email to any fans who asked, teaching relaxation classes on Zoom from the tactics she had learned for her own anxiety. She realized in those interactions that her ability to see the sense of humor in having anxiety disorders can actually help people. This is what led to the creation of “Anxiety Bites.”
“Anxiety Bites” is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and co-produced by Dylan Fagan
Click here to download approved host headshot and cover art for the podcast.
About Jen Kirkman
Jen Kirkman is a comedian, author, television writer, and actor. Her comedy specials are streaming now on Netflix; “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” was hailed by the Atlantic as the best of 2015. Her second comedy special, “Just Keep Livin’?” was recognized internationally by the Telegraph which said that “Kirkman is at her hard- hitting finest in her latest Netflix project."
Jen is currently a writer on the Amazon Prime series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Jen is a New York Times Bestselling author. Her first book, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself (Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids) became an instant New York Times bestseller. Her follow up book was I Know What I’m Doing and Other Lies I Tell Myself.