Definition of psychopharmacology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊfɑːməˈkɒlədʒi/


[mass noun]
The branch of psychology concerned with the effects of drugs on the mind and behaviour.
Example sentences
  • I have always viewed psychopharmacology as a branch of internal medicine, not psychology.
  • He has been active in genetic research and psychopharmacology of mental illnesses.
  • Indeed, there are still many psychiatrists left in this country who talk to patients and families, provide both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, and care for patients in a biopsychosocial context.



Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊˌfɑːməkəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • In summary, preliminary evidence suggests that psychopharmacological and electrophysiological approaches to the treatment of mood and behavioral disorders are not intrinsically contradictory.
  • Social psychiatry has not survived, and the overwhelming predominance of psychopharmacological treatments of mental illness leaves us much the poorer.
  • The consequences of an incorrect diagnostic decision can be costly for both the child and the clinician, particularly if the wrong psychopharmacological agent is administered.


Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊˌfɑːməˈkɒlədʒɪst/
Example sentences
  • The psychopharmacologists are already into a next generation of hypotheses after the business of regulating serotonin and other receptors.
  • Leading psychopharmacologists contend that antidepressant treatment can be delivered in a way that instills confidence in patients.
  • We have also made an appointment with a pediatric psychopharmacologist to discuss antidepressant medication.

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