psych-, psycho-, -psyche, -psychic, -psychical, -psychically
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.
Involving interplay of biological, psychological, and social influences: "Janine's psychiatrist was explaining that the mind and the body can't be treated as separate entities because they function together as a unit."
bradypsychia (s) (noun)
, bradypsychias (pl)
Slowness of mental reactions: "Mark's bradypsychia has resulted in several minor auto accidents because he was too slow in reacting to situations while he was driving."
A reference to a new or recent appearance in mental development.
cerebropsychosis (s) (noun)
, cerebropsychoses (pl)
Mental illness caused by an organic disease of the brain.
chemopsychiatry (s) (noun)
, chemopsychiatries (pl)
The treatment of mental and emotional disorders by the use of drugs: "As a branch of psychiatry, chemopsychiatry is a treatment of mental problems that uses chemical agents, particularly psychopharmacologic agents, that affect a person's brain functions and behaviors."
electropsychometer, E-meter (s) (noun)
An electronic device manufactured by the Church of Scientology at their Gold Base production facility: "Known as an "E-meter", the electropsychometer measures changes in the electrical resistance of the human body by inducing a tiny electrical current through it."
"The face of the electropsychometer has a galvanometer that indicates changes in the person's resistance. According to Scientology doctrine, the resistance corresponds to the mental mass and energy of the subject's mind, which changes when the individual thinks of particular mental images or engrams (unconscious, painful memories)."
"These concepts are not validated by other scientists outside of Scientology; the action of the E-meter is more commonly attributed to galvanic skin response, an effect that is used in lie detectors."
A reference to that which is in the mind.
ethnopsychiatry (s) (noun)
, ethnopsychiatries (pl)
also, comparative psychiatry, cross-cultural psychiatry
The study of the effects of culture on psychiatric disorders and their manifestations.
A reference to a branch of psychology that studies the influence of cultural and ethnic factors on behavior.
ethnopsychology (s) (noun)
, ethnopsychologies (pl)
The investigation of the psychology of races and people.
geropsychiatry (s) (noun)
, geropsychiatries (pl)
A subspecialty of psychiatry dealing with mental illness in the elderly.
Relating to ideas developed from outside one's own mind or derived from another's consciousness.
hyperpsychosis (s) (noun)
, hyperpsychoses (pl)
Excessive mental activity beyond one's control.
Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving the "mind, mental" word units:
Word units related to breath and breathe: