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Originating in the mind or in mental or emotional processes; having a psychological rather than a physiological origin. Used of certain disorders.

psy′cho·gen′i·cal·ly adv.


(Psychology) psychol (esp of disorders or symptoms) of mental, rather than organic, origin
ˌpsychoˈgenically adv


(ˌsaɪ kəˈdʒɛn ɪk)

having origin in the mind or in a mental condition or process: a psychogenic disorder.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.psychogenic - of or relating to the psychological cause of a disorder
2.psychogenic - mental or emotional rather than physiological in origin; "a psychogenic disorder"
mental - involving the mind or an intellectual process; "mental images of happy times"; "mental calculations"; "in a terrible mental state"; "mental suffering"; "free from mental defects"


adj disease, complaintpsychogen, seelisch bedingt


adj psicógeno, psicogénico
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Labour advocates have attributed the cause to poor working conditions, while some believe the faintings are psychogenic events.
Neurologists and other researchers from Europe and the US discuss Ganser syndrome; Cotard syndrome; Capgras syndrome and other delusional misidentification syndromes; De Clerambault syndrome, Othello syndrome, Folie C deux, and variants; Couvade syndrome; possessions; conversion, factitious disorder, and malingering; Munchausen syndrome; camptocormia; glossolalia and aphasia; violent behavior; culture-specific hyperstartle-plus syndromes; the dancing manias or mass psychogenic illness; and the Alice-in-Wonderland syndrome.
Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) are described as time-limited episodes of alterations of consciousness and sensation and involuntary motor movements, which are associated with psychological conflicts instead of ictal epileptiform discharges (1,2).
Some other causes included psychogenic or orthostatic ones, hyperventilation, dysmenorrhea, vertigo, dehydration, trauma, stress, exhaustion, or an infectious condition.
Summary: Compulsive water drinking or psychogenic polydipsia is now increasingly seen in psychiatric populations.
Instead of seeking consultation for one's psychogenic ill health, an affected person hides his pain from others so as to avoid being called a mad man.
Single blind clinical trial of psychotherapy for treatment of psychogenic movement disorders.
2] Spasm of the near reflex as described above may rarely occur in patients with organic disorders, but is more commonly psychogenic.
Veterans are at higher risk for developing epilepsy than nonveterans because of an increased likelihood of traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (4); these conditions are also associated with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (events caused by psychological distress that resemble seizures, but are not associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain).
In an award-winning new book, It's all in your head, Dr Suzanne O'Sullivan's description of a patient who develops psychogenic blindness after an accident is a striking example of the power (and fragility) of the brain.
For patients with SPD with a history of posttraumatic stress and childhood abuse, the causes of psychogenic excoriations can relate to picking as a means of resolving stress or as noted, to some underlying psychopathology (6,7,8).
ABSTRACT Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) are paroxysmal attacks that can imitate epileptic seizures but do not have a neurological origin.