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Psychiatry
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Psychiatry is a medical specialty (Medicine) that deals with the diagnosis, therapy, prevention, and rehabilitation of mental illnesses. These include mental disorders due to physical diseases, illnesses brought about by addictive drugs (Drug and alcohol addiction), schizophrenic and affective disorders (Schizophrenia, Psychosis), neurotic ailments (Neurosis, Depression), personality disorders, and behavioral disorders. Psychiatry is also dedicated to the study and theory of these illnesses. Historically it emerged with …

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Beine, Karl-H., “Psychiatry”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124499>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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