psych-, psycho-, -psyche, -psychic, -psychical, -psychically

(Greek: mind, spirit, consciousness; mental processes; the human soul; breath of life; literally, "that which breathes" or "breathing")

A prefix that is normally used with elements of Greek origin, psych- affects the meanings of hundreds of words.

Etymologically, this element includes such meanings as, breath, to breathe, life, soul, spirit, mind, consciousness.

psychopharmacology
1. The use of medical drugs to treat mental and psychological disorders.
2. The science of drug-behavior relationships; which is also known by some specialists as neuropsychopharmacology.
3. The study of drugs that affect mental and behavioral activity; such as, psycholeptic agents.
4. The study of the action of drugs on psychological functions and mental states.
5. The use of drugs to modify psychological functions and mental states.
psychophile
psychophilous
In biology, pollinated by diurnal Lepidoptera [butterflies and moths].
psychophily
psychophobia
A pathological fear of the mind or psyche and, in particular, of the contents of one's own mind.
psychophonasthenia
A speech disorder of psychogenic origin.
psychophylaxis
Mental hygiene which is said to develop "healthy emotions, attitudes, and behaviors and is free from emotional stress and mental illness."
psychophysical
Both psychological and physical.
psychophysicotherapeutics
Remedial treatment of mind and body.
psychophysics
The science of the relation between the physical attributes of a stimulus and the measured, quantitative attributes of the mental perception of that stimulus (e.g., the relationship between changes in decibel level and the corresponding changes in the person's perception of the sound).
psychophysiologist
Someone who studies psychophysiology.
psychophysiology
The science of the relationship between psychological and physiological processes; e.g., conscious elements of autonomic nervous system activity activated by emotion.
psychoplegia
Dementia of a rapidly progressive nature.
psychopolitics
Characterized by the interaction of politics or political events and behavior; psychopolitical.
psychopomp
A person who conducts spirits or souls to the other world, as Hermes or Charon.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving the "mind, mental" word units: anima-; anxi-; deliri-; hallucina-; menti-; moro-; noo-; nous; phreno-; thymo-2.

Word units related to breath and breathe: hal-; pneo-; pneumato-; pneumo-; spiro.