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Being Human

May 3, 2022

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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