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shock therapy

(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 of shock therapy
1935-40 Unabridged
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  • German unification is a typical case of shock therapy in transition economy.
  • Ordinarily, no psycho-surgery or shock therapy may be administered without your written informed consent.
British Dictionary definitions for shock therapy

shock therapy

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
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shock therapy in Medicine

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 in Culture

shock therapy definition

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

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