Seize The Moment Podcast

The History of the Diagnosis & Treatment of Mental Illness

On episode 43, we welcome Derek McAllister to discuss the history of the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

Derek McAllister is a Philosophy Ph.D. candidate at Baylor University. He specializes in History of Philosophy, History of and Philosophy of Psychiatry, Virtue Ethics, and Medical Ethics..

In addition, his curiosity spills over into areas like Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Emotion, Epistemology, and Existentialism.

The History of the Diagnosis & Treatment of Mental Illness
Derek McAllister

The biopsychosocial model of mental illness teaches that mental illness stems from a mix of our brain chemistry, environments, and ways of seeing ourselves and the world around us. But, modern psychiatry has reduced our struggles to simple brain malfunctions.

We study Ethics “not merely in order
to know what excellence or virtue is,
but in order to become good.”

Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics II.2)

We explored the history and necessity of active forms of treatments, whereby we develop persistence, resilience, courage, and reason, the virtues articulated by Aristotle for creating a flourishing life.

We also discuss the criticisms of psychiatry and the medical model, the importance of being an active participant in psychotherapy, and the role of philosophy and religion in treating depression.

More on Derek McAllister via his official web site @


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