psy·​cho·​tro·​pic | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈtrō-pik How to pronounce psychotropic (audio) \

Definition of psychotropic

: acting on the mind psychotropic drugs

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psychotropic noun

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Breggin has a long history of denying that psychotropic drugs can be effective or helpful. Marie Claire, "Michelle Carter's Psychiatrist, Dr. Peter Breggin, Plays a Major Role In 'I Love You, Now Die'," 8 July 2019 In other cases, children were forcibly injected with psychotropic drugs. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Americans Can't Admit Concentration Camps Exist in the U.S. Because They're Shameless," 20 June 2019 The burger’s name is a cheeky nod to the psychotropic qualities of some mushrooms and the ingredients of a Reuben deli sandwich. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local chef’s ‘Psycho-Deli’ burger aims to change the way people eat," 20 June 2019 The larvae then inject psychotropic substances into the hemolymph, a blood-like substance in the spider's abdomen. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Wasps Turn Spiders Into Obedient Zombies," 30 Apr. 2019 In this capacious and rigorous history of psychopharmacology, the psychologist and writer Lauren Slater says that doctors don’t really understand how psychotropic medications work or how to assess if a patient needs them. New York Times, "8 New Books We Recommend This Week," 8 Mar. 2018 This held up when the researchers excluded data on patients who were taking psychotropic drugs—ones that intended to alter a mental state. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Common drugs have depression as a possible side effect—a third of us take them," 15 June 2018 Treatment may include psychotropic medications like Zoloft or Prozac, which can at least lower the voltage of the pain. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "What Does an Anxiety Disorder Feel Like? Here Are 4 Signs You May Have a Problem," 11 Dec. 2017 Although about 60 percent of the boys at the school take psychotropic drugs, Disability Rights Iowa’s report notes the institution’s sole psychologist isn’t state-certified and that a psychiatrist works part-time on a contract basis. Scott Mcfetridge, The Seattle Times, "Report: Iowa school uses full-body wraps, denies mental care," 7 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of psychotropic

1948, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of psychotropic

technical : having an effect on how the mind works


psy·​cho·​tro·​pic | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈtrō-pik How to pronounce psychotropic (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychotropic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: acting on the mind psychotropic drugs



Medical Definition of psychotropic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a psychotropic substance (as a drug)

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