Being Human Podcast - Episode 72: The DSM Disease (Part One)

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 72 of the Being Human Podcast: The DSM Disease (Part One)

In this first episode of a two-part series, Dr. Greg begins to break open major flaws of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).  He highlights problems in how mental disorders and diseases are defined and gives a glimpse into how it will become harder for Catholic mental health professionals to adhere to both their faith and APA standards. (Note: Mature content discussed.)

Discussed in this episode:

  • What is the DSM? 
  • The influence of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) on the entire mental health field and beyond;  
  • The history of homosexuality in the DSM and its removal due to political reasons; 
  • The danger of not having objective criteria for defining human excellence and flourishing; 
  • How the APA’s relativistic view of the human person is problematic when defining mental disorders;
  • The need for a disposition of compassion when addressing issues related to mental illness and sexuality;  
  • The importance of recognizing the dignity of each human person. 

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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 six 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.