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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.

Nov 2, 2020

With the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, racial injustice, winter upon us, and a highly contentious election, are you experiencing a sense of 'impending doom'? Many people are describing intense, ongoing stress and exhaustion related to their circumstances. Individuals can experience a sense of 'impending doom' related to an...

Aug 5, 2020

Dr. Kaz and George discuss a painful truth facing our society. Racism and discrimination persist. As witnessed through the death of George Floyd and many others, racism has deadly consequences. In what other ways are individuals and communities impacted by  discrimination, marginalization and racism?  Dr. Kaz and George...

May 8, 2020

In this episode of The Mind Deconstructed Podcast, Dr. Kaz and George check in with the listeners. Are you OK? We have been isolating for nearly 8 weeks to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. People are experiencing varying degrees of stress. We are bracing for a wave of mental health symptoms as a result of this...

Mar 14, 2020

Dr. Kaz takes a moment to connect with the podcast audience in this special edition of The Mind Deconstructed Podcast during this time of stress and upheaval related to our collective efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19. Dr. Kaz describes four key ways in which this global pandemic may...

Mar 1, 2020

Dr. Kaz and George acknowledge the current hot topic in mental health: the widespread fear and concern regarding COVID-19, the novel coronavirus which has impacted people in several areas across the globe. How much concern is too much?

On this episode, Dr. Kaz takes this opportunity to demystify a therapy which has been...