Jon Nelson is part of a clinical trial to treat severe depression with DBS. In this episode, Jon talks about his experiences with depression, and how DBS impacted his disease.
Jon and his kids during hockey 
Jon and his partner at Niagara Falls 

#37: Jon Nelson – DBS for Depression saved my life: Defying Stigma in Mental Health

In this compelling episode we delve into the inspiring story of Jon Nelson, a remarkable individual who has braved the depths of mental illness and emerged as a beacon of resilience and hope. In a heartfelt conversation with Jon, he shares his lived experience with DBS device as a transformative treatment for mental illness.

Against the backdrop of prevailing stigma surrounding mental health, Jon’s journey unfolds as he not only navigates the challenges of his condition but also becomes an ardent advocate for change. Through Jon’s experiences and storytelling, we hope to provide a perspective on the power of DBS in addressing mental health issues and breaking down societal barriers.

Tune in as we explore Jon’s commitment to dispelling stigma, his unwavering determination to share his insights, and his profound impact on raising awareness about the potential of DBS in treating mental health disorders. This episode challenges preconceptions, celebrates triumphs, and sheds light on the extraordinary synergy between personal experiences and scientific advancements.

Taha, Alaa; Horn, Andreas (2023). #37: Jon Nelson – DBS for Depression saved my life: Defying Stigma in Mental Health. figshare. Media.

References and Links:

Jon Nelson’s Video as part of Science News on YouTube:  

Jon Nelson’s Episode on Out of Patients with Matthew Zachary:

Some more photos that Jon shared with us after the interview:

Dr. Helen Mayberg’s inspiring thread about DBS and depression: