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.

Nearby words

  1. shock absorber,
  2. shock front,
  3. shock jock,
  4. shock lung,
  5. shock radio,
  6. shock treatment,
  7. shock troops,
  8. shock tube,
  9. shock wave,
  10. shock-horror

Origin of shock therapy

First recorded in 1935–40

Also called shock treatment.

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British Dictionary definitions for shock therapy

shock therapy

shock treatment

noun

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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Medicine definitions for shock therapy

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.shock treatment

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Culture definitions for shock therapy

shock therapy

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

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