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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Let us skirt round professor Joan Bicknell, a major authority in child psychiatry.
▪ To the extent that this is true, it is entirely consistent with the history of child psychiatry in this country.
▪ Influential in child psychiatry for over thirty years, Kahn moved into that field from the excellent springboard of general practice.
▪ A community psychiatry system was adopted which had the mental health centre at the middle.
▪ All of a sudden I know two things: why they were on the same brain cell, and how psychiatry works.
▪ Comparative mythology combined with psychiatry is a mixture of dangerous brews.
▪ Psychiatrists may increasingly be working alongside general practitioners, but there are few training posts in community psychiatry.
▪ Saunders had a degree in psychiatry, but he was breaking the law by using residential property for the transaction of business.
▪ Students know that our generation chose psychiatry for compassionate, intellectual and philosophic reasons.
▪ To the extent that this is true, it is entirely consistent with the history of child psychiatry in this country.
▪ Well, I know a little bit about how psychiatry works.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Psychiatria \Psy*chi`a*tri"a\, Psychiatry \Psy*chi"a*try\, n. [NL. psychiatria, fr. Gr. ? the mind + ? healing.] (Med.) The application of the healing art to mental diseases.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1846, from French psychiatrie, from Medieval Latin psychiatria, literally "a healing of the soul," from Latinized form of Greek psykhe- "mind" (see psyche) + iatreia "healing, care" (see -iatric).


n. (context medicine English) The branch of medicine that subjectively diagnoses, treats, and studies mental illness and behavioural conditions.


n. the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders [syn: psychopathology, psychological medicine]


Psychiatry is the branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental disorders. These include various abnormalities related to mood, behaviour, cognition, and perceptions.

Initial psychiatric assessment of a person typically begins with a case history and mental status examination. Physical examinations and psychological tests may be conducted. On occasion, neuroimaging or other neurophysiological techniques are used. Mental disorders are often diagnosed in accordance with criteria listed in diagnostic manuals such as the widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), edited and used by the World Health Organization (WHO). The fifth edition of the DSM ( DSM-5) was published in 2013, and its development was expected to be of significant interest to many medical fields.

The combined treatment of psychiatric medication and psychotherapy has become the most common mode of psychiatric treatment in current practice, but contemporary practice also includes a wide variety of other modalities, e.g., assertive community treatment, community reinforcement, and supported employment. Treatment may be delivered on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on the severity of functional impairment or on other aspects of the disorder in question. Research and treatment within psychiatry as a whole are conducted on an interdisciplinary basis, e.g., with epidemiologists, mental health counselors, nurses, psychologists, public health specialists, radiologists, and/or social workers.

Usage examples of "psychiatry".

Department of Psychiatry at Western Pediatric Medical Center in Los Angeles.

If I keep on with this psychiatry I am going to be psychoanalysing myself from here to doomsday.

Carmichael upholds the dignity of Valley Springs psychiatry, while Mannie has the brains.

Albert Stunkard of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Eric Berne, who, in developing the concept of Transactional Analysis, has created a unified system of individual and social psychiatry that is comprehensive at the theoretical level and effective at the applied level.

We thank the following journals for permission to reprint sections of our published articles: American Journal of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

Finally, upon the advice of my cousin, chief of gastroenterology at Mount Sinai, I had my wife committed to the Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Institute of Psychiatry.

Likewise, medical psychiatry is the study of pharmacological intervention in the Upper-Right quadrant.

The research also dealt with psychoneuroimmunology, learned helplessness in mental health, the health benefits of meditation and contemplative prayer, and the impact of spiritually transforming experiences on the field of psychiatry itself.

Warren Rives, who has a diploma from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the American Psychological Association.

It is a lot like psychiatry, or dentistry, in its inferior status as a subspecialty of medicine.

She felt distinctly ill at ease, having been thrust into the spotlight of the early morning team meeting on the psychiatry ward, Clarkson Two.

Although hundreds of thousands of words about psychiatry are consumed by the public yearly, there has been little convincing data to help a person in need of treatment overcome the cartoon image of psychiatrists and their mystical couches.

Cassi had not decided to switch from pathology to psychiatry until after the beginning of the medical year in July and had only been able to do so because one of the first-year residents had quit.

He was chief of psychiatry at the Navy hospital, and had headed the medical board which had examined Queeg.