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.

monopsychism (s) (noun), monopsychisms (pl)
The theory, or theories, that all souls (or the souls of all mankind) are one: "There is a unity of souls of all humans according to this concept of monopsychism."
monopsychosis (s) (noun), monopsychoses (pl)
1. Partial insanity, in which a person's morbid mental state is restricted to one subject, the patient being of sound judgment and having appropriate behaviors regarding all other subjects.
2. An impulsive single act without an apparent motive.
nephelopsychosis (s) (noun), nephelopsychoses (pl)
An intense interest in clouds.
neuropsychiatry, neuro-psychiatry (s) (noun); neuropsychiatries, neuro-psychiatries (pl)
1. Psychiatry that relates mental or emotional disturbance to disordered brain function; neurology and psychiatry as a single discipline.
2. The specialty dealing with both organic and psychic disorders of the nervous system; this is an earlier term for psychiatry.

Behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry are disciplines within the clinical neurosciences that focus on the clinical and pathological aspects of neural processes associated with cognition, emotion, and behavior.

Advances in structural and functional brain imaging, clinical electrophysiology, and experimental psychology over the last decades produced a significant growth in the clinical neurosciences, and changed fundamentally the manner in which normal and disturbed cognition, emotion, and behavior are understood clinically.

neuropsychology (s) (noun), neuropsychologies (pl)
1. The field of study concerned with the relationship between behavior and the mind on the one hand, and the nervous system; especially, the brain, on the other; neurological psychology.
2. A specialty of psychology concerned with the study of the relationships between the brain and behavior, including the use of psychological tests and assessment techniques to diagnose specific cognitive and behavioral deficits and to prescribe rehabilitation strategies for their remediation.
neuropsychopathic (adjective)
Pertaining to diseased states of the nervous and mental functions.
neuropsychopathy (s) (noun), neuropsychopathies (pl)
An emotional illness of neurologic and functional origin: Neuropsychopathy can also be described as being a mental ailment indicated by a disease of the sensory and control system that contain a network of nerve cells in a person's body.
neuropsychopharmacology (s) (noun), neuropsychopharmacologies (pl)
1. A branch of medical science combining neuropharmacology and psychopharmacology.
2. The study of the effect of drugs and medicines on psychological processes.

An interdisciplinary science related to psychopharmacology (how drugs affect the mind) and fundamental neuroscience. It entails research of mechanisms of neuropathology, pharmacodynamics (drug action), psychiatric illness, and states of consciousness. These studies are instigated at the detailed level involving neurotransmission or neuroreceptor activity, bio-chemical processes, and neural circuitry.

neuropsychosis (s) (noun), neuropsychoses (pl)
A neurotic condition in which certain features characteristic of a psychosis can be recognized.
noopsyche (s) (noun), noopsyches (pl)
1. Mental or reasoning processes.
2. A reference to two separate psychic factors:
  • The noopsyche, comprising all purely intellectual processes.
  • The thymopsyche, made up of affective processes.
omphalopsychic (s) (noun), omphalopsychics (pl)
A reference to a sect of quietists who practiced gazing at their navels as a means of inducing hypnotic reveries.
1. A branch of psychiatry concerned especially with the prevention of mental or behavioural disorders.
2. A cross-disciplinary science combining child psychiatry, pediatrics, developmental psychology, and family care devoted to the discovery, prevention, and treatment of mental and psychological disorders in children and adolescents.
A reference to the assumed (prehistoric) origins of behavior patterns in humans.

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.