electroshock therapy

/ (ɪˈlɛktrəʊˌʃɒk) /

  1. another name for electroconvulsive therapy

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electroshock therapy

The passing of an electric current (see also current) through the brain to induce a brief seizure. This therapy is still used to treat major depression when other methods, such as drugs, are ineffective or not well tolerated by the recipient.

Notes for electroshock therapy

Although this treatment has been controversial, the careful use of anesthetics and muscle relaxers in combination with a more controlled use of a lower electric current has reduced the problems that were associated with it in the past.

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