Being Human Podcast - Episode 104: Do You Need a Diagnosis? w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 104 of the Being Human Podcast: Do You Need a Diagnosis? w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace

To know oneself is helpful: the more we understand our own patterns, narratives, and parts, the better decisions we can make. How does being diagnosed with a mental health disorder help or hinder our growth in self-knowledge? What does it mean to have a diagnosis, and when is it helpful or unhelpful? Find out in this week’s episode in which Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace join Dr. Greg for a discussion focused around diagnosis* of mental health disorders! 

*Disclaimer: this episode is not meant to diagnose any particular symptom or issue.

Discussed in this episode:

  • The difference between having a true diagnosis vs. characteristics of one;
  • Going to Google for a diagnosis vs. discussing issues with a trained professional;
  • The impact a diagnosis can have on the way we see ourselves;
  • What it means to hold the objective and the subjective together in order to reverence the individual person;
  • How a diagnosis can become a tool for self-awareness and growth; 
  • The danger of thinking we can categorize everything we observe in another person;
  • The difficulty of standardizing observable patterns, signs, and behaviors to facilitate communication between professionals;
  • The role of (and need for) medication in specific situations;
  • How diagnosis fits into IDDM (our model of daily accompaniment); 
  • Recognition of our imperfection as a necessary component for growth. 


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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their seven children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.