psy·​cho·​pa·​thol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsī-kō-pə-ˈthä-lə-jē How to pronounce psychopathology (audio) , -pa-\

Definition of psychopathology

: the study of psychological and behavioral dysfunction occurring in mental illness or in social disorganization also : such dysfunction

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psychopathological \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˌpa-​thə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce psychopathological (audio) \ or less commonly psychopathologic \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˌpa-​thə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce psychopathologic (audio) \ adjective
psychopathologically \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˌpa-​thə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychopathologically (audio) \ adverb
psychopathologist \ ˌsī-​kō-​pə-​ˈthä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce psychopathologist (audio) , -​pa-​ \ noun

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One of the oldest surveys in assessing personality traits and psychopathology is the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, which dates to the Great Depression and remains in use today. Amy Ellis Nutt,, "Why kids and teens may face far more anxiety these days," 11 May 2018 Researchers have variously attributed this to psychopathology, a genetic quirk or possibly a chemical imbalance (for instance, low levels of the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine). Kate Murphy, New York Times, "Why People Love to Jump Off Cliffs," 24 Feb. 2018 It is associated with major psychopathology like anxiety and depressive symptoms. Rachel Simmons,, "Perfectionism among teens is rampant (and we're not helping)," 28 Jan. 2018 The final novel in Self’s massive Umbrella Trilogy exploring technology and psychopathology, this book is set in London and Iraq and tells the story of two men, a psychiatrist losing his own mind and a mysterious MI-6 agent. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy," 2 Jan. 2018 This is the greatest benefit the book: conceptualizing and aiding understanding of the apparent psychopathology in the West Wing. Nick Pachelli, Esquire, "The Conversation About Trump's Mental Health Is Finally Changing. But Is It Too Late?," 12 Oct. 2017 Berkeley students aren’t suddenly going to develop psychopathology because Mr. Shapiro is making a brief appearance on campus. Clay Routledge, WSJ, "The Campus Left vs. the Mentally Ill," 13 Sep. 2017 The argument that the defense presented in court was that the answers to his rage lay in Roof’s unique psychopathology. Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, GQ, "A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof," 21 Aug. 2017 During the three-day event, academics and practitioners will dive into topics such as workplace transparency, interpersonal leadership, the psychopathology of leadership, mental health in the workplace and more. Samantha Gowen, Orange County Register, "Status Update: Asterias Biotherapeutics’ new CEO hails from Newport Beach," 29 May 2017

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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psy·​cho·​pa·​thol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsī-kō-pə-ˈthäl-ə-jē, -pa- How to pronounce psychopathology (audio) \
plural psychopathologies

Medical Definition of psychopathology

1 : the study of psychological and behavioral dysfunction occurring in mental illness or in social disorganization
2 : disordered psychological and behavioral functioning (as in mental illness) the theory that holidays are associated with an increased incidence of psychopathologyScience News

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