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psychopharmacology definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the study of drugs that affect the mind

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1920 the study of the effect of drugs on the mind and behavior psychopharmacological also psychopharmacologic adjective psychopharmacologist noun

Britannica Concise

Study of the effect of drugs on the mind and behavior, particularly in the context of developing treatments for mental disorders. Major psychopharmacological advances in the 20th cent. include the development of tranquilizers, antidepressants, lithium carbonate (for bipolar disorder), certain stimulants (incl. amphetamines), and antipsychotic agents such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), and haloperidol (Haldol).



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