What is Psychiatric Medicine

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study and treatment of mental disorders. These mental disorders include various affectivebehaviouralcognitive and perceptual abnormalities. The term was first coined by the German physician Johann Christian Reil in 1808, and literally means the ‘medical treatment of the soul’ (psych-: soul; from Ancient Greek psykhē: soul; -iatry: medical treatment; from Gk. iātrikos: medical, iāsthai: to heal). A medical doctor specializing in psychiatry is apsychiatrist.

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