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.

A person, usually a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, professionally trained and engaged in psychotherapy. Currently, the term is also applied to social workers, nurses, and others whose state licensing practice acts include psychotherapy.
psychotherapy (s), psychotherapies (pl) (nouns)
1. Treatment of emotional, behavioral, personality, and psychiatric disorders based primarily on verbal or nonverbal communication and interventions with a patient, in contrast to treatments utilizing chemical and physical measures: "Dr. Herman applied psychotherapies which involved applications of psychological knowledge to treat the psychiatric disorders of his patients."
2. The treatment of disorders of the mind or personality by psychological or psychophysiological methods: "Vernon's psychotherapy involves the treatment of psychological disorders or maladjustments by professional techniques, as with psychoanalyses, group therapies, or behavioral therapies."
Relating to or affected by psychosis.
A drug that produces psychotic manifestations.
Capable of inducing psychosis; particularly referring to drugs of the LSD series and similar substances.
1. A drug or substance that produces psychological and behavioral changes resembling those of psychosis; for example, LSD.
2. Tending to produce symptoms like those of a psychosis; hallucinatory as a result of some substance or drug.
A pharmacetical substance that is toxic or harmful to the mind or personality.
psychotrauma (s), psychotraumas (pl) (nouns)
A reference to a psychological reaction caused by a situation in which the physical or psychological wellbeing of a person or someone close to him or her is threatened.

Psychotrauma occurs whenever the overall security balance of someone is threatened in any way. This includes events which threaten the physical safety of a person as well as events which threaten that person's economic and/or emotional wellbeing, or the wellbeing of those who are close to him/her.

1. Capable of affecting the mind, emotions, and behavior; denoting drugs used in the treatment of mental illnesses.
2. Denoting any substance that affects psychic function or behavior; such as, psychotropic drug which includes tranquilizers, sedatives, and antidepressants.
A reference to psychological factors associated with vision; such as, the emotive connotations of particular colors, and to the center in the brain associated with such processes.
Pertaining to the mind as it is connected with life.
psychozoic (adjective) (not comparable)
Pertaining to the later geological Quaternary period, the era of man: The psychozoic age of time designates the beginning of the existence of humans and their intelligence, and of other living creatures.
The mind at work; mental function or activity.

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.