Being Human Podcast - Episode 73: The DSM Disease (Part Two)

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 73 of the Being Human Podcast: The DSM Disease (Part Two)

In this second episode of our two-part series, Dr. Greg highlights problematic new updates to the DSM, and reads from the text itself as he breaks open the dangers of separating an objective understanding of the human person from the practice of psychology. He ends with a reminder of our role and responsibility as Catholics in this current cultural battle and a challenge to Catholic mental health professionals. (Note: mature content discussed.)


Discussed in this episode:

  • The need for objective criteria when defining what it is to be human;
  • The importance of being aware of the unhealthy direction in which the DSM is moving and how it is leading people to greater disease, confusion, and distress;
  • The necessity of compassion as a requirement of justice for all who suffer from any disorder or experience against the natural order; 
  • The pre-amble to the Gender Dysphoria chapter in the DSM;  
  • Our responsibility and call as Catholics to work on turning the tide in the current cultural battle;
  • A challenge and question for Catholic mental health professionals, and a word of hope. 


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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.