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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.

so·cial psy·chi·a·try

an approach to psychiatric theory and practice emphasizing the cultural and sociologic aspects of mental disorder and treatment; the application of psychiatry to social problems.
See also: community psychiatry.

social psychiatry

n.
The branch of psychiatry that deals with the relationship between social environment and mental illness.

social psychiatrist n.

social psychiatry

a field of psychiatry based on the study of social, cultural, and ecological influences on the development and course of mental diseases. In treatment social psychiatry favors the use of milieu or other situational approaches to therapy.

so·cial psy·chi·a·try

(sō'shăl sī-kī'ă-trē)
An approach to psychiatric theory and practice emphasizing the cultural and sociologic aspects of mental disorders and treatment; the application of psychiatry to social problems.
See also: community psychiatry
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