Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • adj. originating from or caused by state of mind; having a psychological rather than a physiological cause

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  • adj. mental or emotional rather than physiological in origin
  • adj. of or relating to the psychological cause of a disorder

Etymologies

psycho- + -genic? (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But after viewing the multiple videotapes and discussing them with other dystonia experts there are many features that are not consistent with the diagnosis of true dystonia, but are much more in keeping with what is called a psychogenic movement disorder he said.

    Video of flu shot cheerleader is misleading

  • So, there's something known as psychogenic intractable sneezing and it is rare for sure.

    CNN Transcript Nov 13, 2009

  • When I was in veterinary school, many moons ago, we were taught about a condition called psychogenic alopecia, believed to be a behavioral issue in which cats over-groomed as a result of stress, emotional upset, or psychological problems.

    The Martha's Vineyard Times News Headlines

  • (CRF), found that coronary heart disease (CHD) symptoms presented in the context of a stressful life event were identified as psychogenic in origin when presented by women and organic in origin when presented by men.

    Signs of the Times

  • If the girl does have a tic, and perhaps Tourrette's, this is NOT "psychogenic".

    Dairy deliveries with a little nostalgia

  • His sodium level was dangerously low (too much liquid intake - a chronic "psychogenic" issue because he constantly feels thirsty), his legs were swollen, his x-ray results were not in yet ... and he was restrained.

    haloaskew Diary Entry

  • But after viewing the multiple videotapes and discussing them with other dystonia experts there are many features that are not consistent with the diagnosis of true dystonia, but are much more in keeping with what is called a psychogenic movement disorder "he said.

    Video of flu shot cheerleader is misleading

  • In recent decades, however, dermatologists have agreed that most cases previously labeled "psychogenic" are probably the result of allergies.

    The Martha's Vineyard Times News Headlines

  • Xinhua has reported some complainants had mosquito bites or other "psychogenic" causes.

    The Guardian World News

  • We have also seen patients referred with other somatoform disorders, such as psychogenic movement disorders, respond to the treatment. "

    Health News from Medical News Today

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  • "Americans' fear of a terrorism could create a mass outbreak of a psychosomatic illness -- even in the absence of any real attack -- -- creating a fake epidemic that could overwhelm hospitals attempting to treat real victims.
    Adding to the confusion, the symptoms of a mass pyschogenic illness look much like symptoms of an anthrax attack, avian flu outbreak or chemical attack."
    - Ryan Singel, 'Terrorism Fear Could Create Psychosomatic Epidemic, Feds Warn', 15 Sep 2008.

    September 16, 2008