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Psychiatry is an area of medical science which deals with emotional and psychological disorders, one of many focused disciplines within the Federation Starfleet. A practitioner is called a psychiatrist, who often served at a psychiatric facility.


Psychiatrists had the authority to relieve personnel from duty and provide recommendations on whether they could return to duty. In the past, personnel could be discharged from military service for psychological reasons. (TLE novel: Well of Souls)

Psychiatrists believed personnel on isolated deep space voyages needed to participate in recreation and small pleasures for their mental well-being. (ENT novelization: The Expanse)

Psychiatric science believed that confinement was unnecessary for most people, and most psychiatric facilities had limited security. (TLE novel: Deny Thy Father)

Psychiatric practitioners also commonly participated as a patient. (TNG - A Time to... novel: A Time to Heal)

A branch of the field, savant developmental psychology, was pioneered by Jack at the Arik Soong Institute on Trialas IV. (STO novel: The Needs of the Many)

The psychiatry discipline was an uncommon career among Thallonians. (NF novel: Treason)

By the 23rd century, modern psychiatry considered the term "insanity" to be archaic. (TOS novel: Strangers from the Sky) By the 24th century, "crazy" wasn't used either. (TLE novel: Well of Souls)

Teaching and training[]

Leonard McCoy undertook specializations in xenopsychology and psychiatry. (TOS - Rihannsu novel: The Romulan Way) In the 2270s decade he was listed as Chief of Medicine and Psychiatry as well as Ship's Surgeon aboard the USS Enterprise. (TOS video game: The Kobayashi Alternative Procedures Manual)

Starfleet medical officers usually had some psychiatric training. In the 24th century, a counselor position separate from the medical officer was established aboard Federation starships. (Star Trek Adventures RPG module: Core Rulebook)

By the year 2311 aboard the USS Enterprise-B, Rentis Benzon, Uta Morell, and some of the ship's nurses had psychiatric training. (TLE novel: Serpents Among the Ruins)

In the 24th century, the Starfleet Academy Counseling Center employed a staff of consulting psychiatrists, as well as counselors and psychologists for cadet use. (Last Unicorn RPG module: Starfleet Academy Handbook)

Deanna Troi studied psychiatry, psychology and diplomacy at Starfleet Academy. (Star Trek Adventures RPG module: The Command Division) She majored in psychology at the University of Betazed. (TNG video game: Echoes from the Past; TNG novel: Imzadi) In 2358, she began a four-month advanced behavioral psychology internship. (TNG novel: The Battle of Betazed)

The Andorian Keth Avola clan was known for its specialization in mental health, and by the 2360s several members of the clan taught psychiatric and counseling techniques at the Academy. (Last Unicorn RPG module: The Andorians: Among the Clans)

In 2377, Sarjenka considered taking long-distance psychiatry courses from Starfleet Medical after becoming CMO of the USS da Vinci. (CoE eBook: Remembrance of Things Past, Book I)


Following his escape from Riverdale Asylum in 1955, a court-appointed psychiatrist eventually cleared Benny Russell to return to public life. (ST - Typhon Pact novel: Raise the Dawn)

On 16 July 1969, Roberta Lincoln reported to Gary Seven that James Wainwright suffered a nervous breakdown and had been placed in a United States Air Force psychiatric facility. (TOS - Strange New Worlds III short story: "The Aliens Are Coming!")

In the 2260s, Harry Mudd was psychiatrically treated, but its effectiveness was disputed. (TOS episode & Mudd's Angels novelization: Mudd's Women)

Psychologists in the psychiatric section of the USS Enterprise prepared annual workups of the crew. (TOS - Strange New Worlds I short story: "The Girl Who Controlled Gene Kelly's Feet") A Sigmund process was used to conduct a psychological analysis for newly-arrived personnel. (TOS novel: Vulcan!)

In 2265, Vanguard's CMO Anthony Leone noted that the starbase lacked a psychiatrist. (VAN novel: Summon the Thunder)

In 2267, following the deaths of George Samuel Kirk, Jr. and Aurelan Kirk, James T. Kirk sought counseling. However, he omitted mentioning Edith Keeler to his psychiatrist. (TOS - Crucible novel: The Star to Every Wandering)

A psychiatrist helped Spock deal with trauma caused by Kor's mind sifter on Organia in 2267. (TOS novel: Allegiance in Exile)

Following a time travel incident in 2270, two psychiatrists evaluated Kirk and Spock on Starbase 7. Their memories were inconsistent with the current timeline and were believed to be paranoid fantasies until evidence began supporting their claims. (TOS - Mudd's Angels short story: "The Business, As Usual, During Altercations")

Also that year, several members of the USS Enterprise crew were given psychiatric outpatient treatment after having de-aged into children. (TAS - Log Seven novelization: The Counter-Clock Incident)

In 2284, the nearest practicing Vulcan psychiatrist to Earth was T'Sri on Rigel XII. (TOS novel: Strangers from the Sky)

In the late 2280s, on reference stardate 2/2312.30, Captain Chester Dunton underwent psychiatric observation after having been lost in the Triangle for six months. (FASA RPG module: The Triangle Campaign)

In 2293, after the apparent death of James T. Kirk aboard the USS Enterprise-B, Leonard McCoy started seeing a psychiatrist regularly for a year. (TOS - Crucible novel: Provenance of Shadows)

In the 2360s, psychiatrist Kevin Pointer treated Morgan Primus for depression every Tuesday and Thursday for three months. (NF - No Limits short story: "Alice, on the Edge of Night")

In 2366 aboard the USS Enterprise-D, Doctor Selar selected Gavar, Johannes Grunewalt, Itoh, Penelope Johnson, Logan, and Selinski for a mission because all had experience working in psychiatric wards. (TNG novel: The Eyes of the Beholders)

In the 2370s, Starbase 209 had a psychiatric care ward. Deanna Troi volunteered there in 2374 during the Dominion War. (TNG - The Dominion War novel: Tunnel Through the Stars)

Alternate realities[]

In the Kelvin timeline in the 2250s, Starfleet Academy's medical research facilities included one for psychiatry. (ST - Starfleet Academy novel: The Assassination Game)

In an alternate timeline in 2269, psychiatrists were unable to explain Ensign James T. Kirk's resistance to a Vegan thought probe and truth drugs. (TOS novel: Killing Time)

In another timeline, Jadzia Dax was evaluated by psychiatrists after communing with a Bajoran orb. (CoE eBook: Lost Time)

In the Mirror Universe, the Tantalus colony was the most prestigious psychiatric facility in the Terran Empire. (TOS - Mirror Universe- Shards and Shadows short story: "The Greater Good")

Author Ilsa J. Bick is a child and forensic psychiatrist, and author Alara Rogers is a psychobiologist.

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