Joint inflammation that is associated with psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis is a potentially destructive and deforming form of arthritis that affects approximately 10 percent of persons with psoriasis.
Progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurologic disorder of unknown origin that gradually destroys cells in many areas of the brain, leading to serious and permanent problems with the control of gait and balance. The most obvious sign of the disease is an inability to aim the eyes properly, which occurs because of damage in the area […]
1. Hallucinogenic, distorting perception and awareness. 2. A drug such as LSD or mescaline that has hallucinogenic properties. The word psychedelic was coined by the British psychiatrist Humphry Osmond (1917-2004) who introduced Aldous Huxley, author of “Brave New World,” to hallucinogenic drugs. Dr. Osmond proposed the term, “psychedelic,” at a meeting of the New York […]
Pertaining to or within the purview of psychiatry, the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness. Psychiatric may refer to mental illness. For example, the 42-year-old man had a long history of psychiatric disease.
- Psychiatric trauma
An experience that is emotionally painful, distressful, or shocking and which may result in lasting mental and physical effects. Psychiatric trauma is essentially a normal response to an extreme event. It involves the creation of emotional memories about the distressful event that are stored in structures deep within the brain. In general, it is believed […]
A physician who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness. A psychiatrist must receive additional training and serve a supervised residency in his or her specialty. He or she may also have additional training in a psychiatric specialty, such as child psychiatry or neuropsychiatry. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication, which psychologists cannot do.