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Psychiatry is a branch of medicine dealing with the prevention,
assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of the mind and mental
illness. Its primary goal is the relief of mental suffering associated with
symptoms of disorder and improvement of mental well-being. This may be based in
hospitals or in the community and patients may be voluntary or involuntary.
Psychiatry adopts a medical approach but may take into account biological,
psychological, and social/cultural perspectives. Treatment by medication in
conjunction with various forms of psychotherapy may be undertaken and has proved
most effective in successful treatment. The word 'psychiatry' derives from the
Greek for "healer of the spirit" (ψυχ- (spirit) + ιατρος (physician)).
Psychiatry Overview Resources
Science Daily --
Psychiatry.com -- An online source
for information on psychiatry with forums.
The American Journal of
Psychiatry -- Journal of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
American Psychiatric Association
-- Psychiatry Legacy Collection
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