GLOSSARY: Psychiatry

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study and treatment of mental disorders—which include various affective, behavioral, cognitive and perceptual disorders. A medical doctor specializing in psychiatry is a psychiatrist. Psychiatric treatment applies a variety of modalities, including medication, psychotherapy and a wide range of other techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation. Treatment may be as an inpatient or outpatient, according to severity of function impairment/the disorder in question.