psychiatry

noun
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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This crankiness about the first day back to work is perfectly normal according to Dr. Angelos Halaris, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Loyola University in Illinois. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Back to work blues are real and treatable," 2 Sep. 2019 The Moldovan government is willing to pay for alcoholics to undergo a detox, which can mean up to two weeks in a narcological dispensary, a Russian branch of psychiatry that targets addiction. Madeline Roache / Puhoi, Time, "'You’re Not a Person if You Don’t Drink.' How This Tiny European Country Developed the World's Worst Drinking Problem," 29 Aug. 2019 An opioid researcher and addiction specialist, Dr. Marc Fishman, who is an assistant professor in the psychiatry department at Johns Hopkins University, was appalled at the notion of using the drug as some kind of ultimate punishment. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Fentanyl as Ohio's lethal-injection drug? Wait til you hear what opioid crisis watchers say," 1 Apr. 2019 That argument is plausible for some kinds of depression, says Riadh Abed, who chairs the Royal College of Psychiatrists's evolutionary psychiatry group in London. Elizabeth Culotta, Science | AAAS, "Have humans developed natural defenses against suicide?," 22 Aug. 2019 Spivy was most interested in the workings of the brain and was board-certified in neurology and psychiatry. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Dr. Dixon Spivy, prominent Chicago psychiatrist, dies at 93," 21 Aug. 2019 This is true for many psychiatry training programs across the country. Zheala Qayyum, Scientific American, "Where do Psychiatrists go When a Patient Dies?," 30 July 2019 Eventually, Kanojia returned to school before attending medical school and studying psychiatry. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Video Game Addiction: These Are the Warning Signs to Look Out For," 11 July 2019 Modern psychiatry is hailed as a scientific success story, and drug companies have profited from the fact that talking therapies are often thought to take too long, their results frequently dismissed as unverifiable. The New York Review of Books, "Jamieson Webster," 19 Nov. 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 How to pronounce psychiatry (audio) , 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 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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