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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.

Jan 29, 2018

Is it ethical for psychiatrists to comment on the mental health of public figures? What if the health and safety of the nation is at stake?   Dr. Kaz and George take the opportunity to define terms being discussed in the media as relates to the President's recent physical exam. What is a cognitive screen? How is this...

Jan 9, 2018

Why is it so hard to stop playing that video game and go to bed? What is that feeling of irresistible tension that prompts a person to check a text alert? When is a passion or interest considered an addictive behavior? Dr. Kaz and George talk about the line between interest and obsession and options for treatment for...


Jan 3, 2018

In Episode 8, I mistakenly state that the two FDA approved medications for PTSD are sertraline and citalopram.  The correct selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for PTSD treatment sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil).

Please take note of this...