“Don’t Tell Me to Calm Down!” – How to Address Patients in Distress with Kaz Nelson, MD

Kaz J. Nelson, MD, is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Board of #Psychiatry and #Neurology and serves as Vice Chair for Education in the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry & #BehavioralSciences at their #medicalschool. We discuss addressing #patientsindistress.  You know who I’m talking about. The patient that says that nobody understands them and nobody listens to them and goes from doctor to doctor feeling ignored and misunderstood. She has a very specific, very methodical strategy for getting them to unclench their fists, sit down and have a conversation about their care. And it doesn’t just apply to the exam room. This works for patients in distress and those who have different #treatmentexpectations and wishes. We also discuss the #divingreflex and if it is ever appropriate to just splash someone with ice-cold water.

 

Dr. Nelson is an Honors graduate of the University of Minnesota-Morris, and received her #medicaldegree and #psychiatryresidency training from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Nelson is the 2018 Minnesota #PsychiatricSociety “Psychiatrist of the Year” and a “2018 Exemplary Psychiatrist” awarded for the state of Minnesota by the National Alliance on #MentalIllness. Dr. Nelson developed an openly accessible #podcast with her brother, George, called “The Mind Deconstructed” which aims to serve the general community to demystify and increase understanding of common mental health conditions. theminddeconstructed.org

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