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The Mind Deconstructed Podcast:

Mental Health and Wellness

with Dr. Kaz and George


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Dr. Kaz Nelson, a psychiatrist at the University of Minnesota, along with host, George, serve as translators between the psychiatric field and the non-medical community. Podcast goals: Dispel myths, address listener questions, talk directly about serious topics, such as suicide, and inform the public about what they need to know to maintain mental health and a life worth living.

​Dr. Kaz Nelson is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certified psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Kaz is driven in her mission to increase knowledge and understanding for those living with mental illness and their loved ones.

George, a former US Marine and attorney who practices in the field of child welfare, is Kaz's brother and serves as podcast host and banter man. George's educational background is in health and human services and he has applied his life to public service.

Kaz and George are Minnesota born-and-raised.

This podcast is an independently produced labor of love and not sponsored by any commercial entity, including the pharmaceutical industry.

Collaboration with artist Adam Swanson

Dec 31, 2017

Hello Podcast friends,

I wanted to share with you a little information about our collaboration with my favorite artist, Adam Swanson. He is a Duluth, MN, artist and he has authorized use of images of his paintings in our podcast project.  Here is more information about Adam's magnificent...

Dec 31, 2017

Dr. Kaz and George continue their discussion of traumatic experiences and their impact on mental health and well being. This episode addresses PTSD treatment, including medication, side effects, and therapeutic approaches. More controversial approaches, such as marijuana and MDMA ("ecstasy") are also explored in...

Nov 25, 2017

On this episode of The Mind Deconstructed podcast, Dr. Kaz and George walk through the basic elements of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including common questions those with lived experience of  trauma and their loved ones may be asking. Why do some people develop PTSD and others do not, even if they...

Oct 31, 2017

Following recent events in Las Vegas and Somalia, Dr. Kaz and George discuss common mental health reactions to instances of mass violence as described by the Uniformed Services University Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. Dr. Kaz shares common experiences such as grief for the sense of loss of safety...

Oct 14, 2017

With George's help, Dr. Kaz discusses the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and its difficult and unnecessarily stigmatized history in the field of mental health. The episode features Chuck's essay, which brings this issue to a personal level.