psy·​chi·​a·​try | \ sə-ˈkī-ə-trē How to pronounce psychiatry (audio) , sī-\

Definition of psychiatry

: a branch of medicine that deals with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders

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Other Words from psychiatry

psychiatric \ ˌsī-​kē-​ˈa-​trik How to pronounce psychiatric (audio) \ adjective
psychiatrically \ ˌsī-​kē-​ˈa-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychiatrically (audio) \ adverb

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The Whig interpretation of psychiatry’s history begins with the great German clinician Emil Kraepelin struggling to grasp the complexity of psychosis by observing what his patients said and did over time. Richard J. Mcnally, WSJ, "‘Mind Fixers’ Review: There Has to Be a Better Way," 3 May 2019 Krauthammer delivered his views in a mild-mannered, steady and sometimes philosophical style, consistent with his background in psychiatry and his detailed analysis of human behavior. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Charles Krauthammer’s final book, finished by his son, Daniel, is due in December," 19 Sep. 2018 At the time, the actor was being scrutinized for his Scientology beliefs, sparring with Matt Lauer over psychiatry and jumping on Oprah Winfrey's coach after professing his love for new girlfriend Katie Holmes. Mike Barnes, Billboard, "Paul Bloch, Famed Publicist Adept at Putting Out Fires in Hollywood, Dies at 78," 26 May 2018 Most Read Business Stories People Lee’s age — 65 and over — are the fastest-growing segment of the marijuana-using population, said Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and aging at the University of California, Los Angeles. John Rogers, The Seattle Times, "More aging Americans are using pot to soothe what ails them," 26 Mar. 2019 This finding suggests that the children with enlarged brains have a specific subtype of autism, says lead investigator Christine Nordahl, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, Davis. Rachel Zamzow, Scientific American, "Brains of Children with Autism Show Unusual Folding Patterns," 9 July 2018 The four-week intensive outpatient program at NICoE, which included art therapy, psychiatry, and physical therapy, began in 2010. Mary Bernard,, "For soldiers with traumatic brain injuries, art can be healing," 3 July 2018 Emeran Mayer, professor of physiology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, echoed those sentiments in a 2010 article in Scientific American. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "Your body has a 'second brain,' and here's how it keeps your butt smart, study says," 1 June 2018 The participating states reported that telemedicine was most commonly used for psychiatry (62.2 percent) and cardiology (26.6 percent), according to the research, which was published in 2016. Michelle Andrews, Scientific American, "Telemedicine Opening Doors to Specialty Care for Inmates," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of psychiatry

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for psychiatry

probably from French psychiatrie, from psychiatre psychiatrist, from psych- psych- + Greek iatros physician — more at -iatry

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English Language Learners Definition of psychiatry

: a branch of medicine that deals with mental or emotional disorders


psy·​chi·​a·​try | \ sə-ˈkī-ə-trē How to pronounce psychiatry (audio) , sī-\

Kids Definition of psychiatry

: a branch of medicine dealing with problems of the mind, emotions, or behavior


psy·​chi·​a·​try | \ -trē How to pronounce psychiatry (audio) \
plural psychiatries

Medical Definition of psychiatry

: a branch of medicine that deals with the science and practice of treating mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders especially as originating in endogenous causes or resulting from faulty interpersonal relationships

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