psy·​cho·​gen·​ic | \ ˌsī-kō-ˈje-nik How to pronounce psychogenic (audio) \

Definition of psychogenic

: originating in the mind or in mental or emotional conflict

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psychogenically \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˈje-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychogenically (audio) \ adverb

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That’s the type of vague complaint that could point to a psychogenic diagnosis. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "In Men, It’s Parkinson’s. In Women, It’s Hysteria.," 23 Aug. 2019 Theories range from the existence of a dubious sonic weapon, to mass psychogenic illness, to infectious agents, chemical exposure, malfunctioning surveillance equipment, and a mix of stress and crickets. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Brain imaging weirdness adds to Cuba “health attack” mystery," 24 July 2019 Other researchers and physicians maintain that mass psychogenic illness could explain some, if not all, of the symptoms. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Sonic attack or mass paranoia? New evidence stokes debate over diplomats’ mysterious illness," 20 June 2018 In December, Science reported that a panel of Cuban scientists—who did not have access to the US personnel affected in the incidents—concluded that mass psychogenic illness (MPI) was the most likely explanation. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US pulls two more from Cuba amid puzzling health cases now affecting China," 11 June 2018 People with a psychogenic tremor typically have an underlying psychiatric disorder like depression or PTSD. Alison Goldman, SELF, "7 Possible Reasons Your Hands Are Shaking," 21 May 2018 Other diagnoses may include fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, neuropathic pain and psychogenic pain. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Treat pain in children differently than adults," 3 May 2018 Canada considers earlier theories about acoustic attacks and psychogenic illness, in which the origin of an illness is psychological, to be improbable. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada Recalls Families of Diplomats in Cuba," 16 Apr. 2018 The panel determined that the most likely explanation was mass psychogenic illness (MPI), which is essentially a collective delusion among a cohesive group of people that a sickness is spreading among them. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Brain-damaging “health attacks” spur US to permanently cut Cuba embassy staff," 5 Mar. 2018

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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psy·​cho·​gen·​ic | \ -ˈjen-ik How to pronounce psychogenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychogenic

: originating in the mind : attributable to psychological or emotional factors a psychogenic movement disorder psychogenic impotence — compare somatogenic

Other Words from psychogenic

psychogenically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychogenically (audio) \ adverb

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