psychiatry

noun
psy·​chi·​a·​try | \ sə-ˈkī-ə-trē , 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 \ adjective
psychiatrically \ ˌsī-​kē-​ˈa-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
psychiatrist \ sə-​ˈkī-​ə-​trist , sī-​ \ noun

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Roughly 10 percent of people who start smoking marijuana become addicted, says John Kelly, a Harvard University psychiatry professor who studies addiction. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Government bans on pot research have created room for marijuana health hype," 6 Nov. 2018 And Nassir Ghaemi, the Tufts psychiatry professor who co-authored that review, argues that the effects are large. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How our drinking water could help prevent suicide," 24 Oct. 2018 As part of getting to know your teen, monitor and limit your child’s social media activity, says Amy Barnhorst, vice chair for community mental health in the UC-Davis psychiatry department. Emily Bazar, The Seattle Times, "Typical kid behavior or a mental-health problem? It can be hard to decide.," 13 Aug. 2018 Petros Levounis, the chairman of the psychiatry department at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, told Tiffany. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Congress tackles Medicaid rule in effort to dent opioid crisis," 18 June 2018 North of Sacramento, there is a complete lack of psychiatry residency programs as well as educational programs for psychologists and psychiatric nurse practitioners, according to the UCSF study. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "California needs more mental health professionals – and the shortage will get worse, experts say," 11 July 2018 When that moment of understanding occurs psychiatry will truly have taken a great leap forward. The Economist, "A big collaboration is trying to understand diseases of the psyche," 28 June 2018 Pitt also graduated from Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Michigan's Medical Center. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Prominent forensic psychiatrist killed in Arizona has Michigan ties," 4 June 2018 This is where psychiatry has done the worst: believing too much that these terms are wholly descriptive. Augusten Burroughs, Town & Country, "Welcome to the Very Best Asylum Money Can Buy," 23 Apr. 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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psychiatry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of psychiatry

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

psychiatry

noun
psy·​chi·​a·​try | \ sə-ˈkī-ə-trē , sī-\

Kids Definition of psychiatry

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

psychiatry

noun
psy·​chi·​a·​try | \ -trē \
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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