Shock treatments

shock therapy

noun
(not in technical use) any of various therapies, as insulin shock therapy or electroconvulsive therapy, that induce convulsions or unconsciousness, used for symptomatic relief in certain mental disorders.
Also called shock treatment.


Origin:
1935–40

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shock therapy or shock treatment
 
n
the treatment of certain psychotic conditions by injecting drugs or by passing an electric current through the brain (electroconvulsive therapy) to produce convulsions or coma
 
shock treatment or shock treatment
 
n

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shock therapy n.
Any of various treatments for mental disorders, such as major depression or schizophrenia, in which a convulsion or brief coma is induced by administering a drug or passing an electric current through the brain. Also called shock treatment.

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shock therapy definition


The treatment of a mentally ill person by passing electric shocks through the brain.

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