forensic psychiatry

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psychiatry

 [si-ki´ah-tre]
the branch of health science that deals with the study, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. adj., adj psychiat´ric.
biological psychiatry that which emphasizes biochemical, pharmacological, and neurological causes and treatment approaches.
community psychiatry the branch of psychiatry concerned with the detection, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders in a designated geographical area, with emphasis on environmental factors.
descriptive psychiatry psychiatry based on the study of observable symptoms and behavioral phenomena, rather than underlying psychodynamic processes.
dynamic psychiatry psychiatry based on the study of the mental mechanisms and emotional processes that govern and motivate human behavior, rather than observable behavioral phenomena.
forensic psychiatry that dealing with the legal aspects of mental disorders.
geriatric psychiatry geropsychiatry.
preventive psychiatry a broad term referring to the amelioration, control, and limitation of psychiatric disability.
social psychiatry that concerned with the cultural and social factors that engender, precipitate, intensify, or prolong maladaptive patterns of behavior and complicate treatment.

fo·ren·sic psy·chi·a·try

, legal psychiatry
the application of psychiatry in courts of law, for example, in determinations for commitment, competency, fitness to stand trial, and responsibility for crime.

forensic psychiatry

Etymology: L, forum, public place; Gk, psyche, mind, iatreia, treament
a branch of psychiatry concerned with the application of psychiatry to law, including criminal responsibility, guardianship, and competence to stand trial.

fo·ren·sic psy·chi·a·try

, legal psychiatry (fŏr-en'sik sī-kī'ă-trē, lē'găl)
The application of psychiatry in courts of law, e.g., in determinations for commitment, competency, fitness to stand trial, responsibility for crime.

forensic psychiatry

The medical discipline concerned with such matters as criminal intent and the capacity to form it (see INSANITY); criminal evidence and the vulnerability of suspects; the investigation of possible wrongful convictions; confessions and how they are obtained; the psychopathology of sexual offenders; and the risks of schizophrenics in the community.
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